marks·​man | \ ˈmärks-mən How to pronounce marksman (audio) \

Definition of marksman

: a person skilled in shooting at a mark or target

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marksmanship \ ˈmärks-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce marksman (audio) \ noun

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Examples of marksman in a Sentence

only the best marksmen can hit the bull's-eye at 500 feet
Recent Examples on the Web Vanya being a lousy marksman, the play doesn’t veer into tragedy. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Catherine says her husband was a marksman and a gun expert. CBS News, 7 May 2022 The 6-8 transfer from Oklahoma continues to be a 3-point marksman in the NCAA Tournament, and his outside shooting and ability to stretch the floor will be meaningful against Kansas. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 In the Bundesliga, Patrik Schick, second only to Robert Lewandowski as top marksman who matched Cristiano Ronaldo's tally at Euro 2020, is also an option. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Around the same time that a Taliban marksman put a burst of gunfire into my teammates, Mr. Gulab lost one of his fighters — as if the pendulum of violence that played out that day was trying to balance itself. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Millennium might be the youngest team among the big schools at state, but sophomore Gabe Pickens is special and freshman T.J. Amundsen is a fearless 3-point marksman. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2022 And so Scott, who in real life is a sniper-grade marksman and who teaches his fellow agents how to shoot, stepped in to school the young neo-Nazi on the rudiments of gun safety. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 Against the Rams, marksman Adam Seiko and rotation-depth piece Joshua Tomiac did the same. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marksman

1641, in the meaning defined above

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marks·​man | \ ˈmärks-mən How to pronounce marksman (audio) \
plural marksmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of marksman

: a person who shoots well

Other Words from marksman

marksmanship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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