marks·​man ˈmärks-mən How to pronounce marksman (audio)
: a person skilled in shooting at a mark or target
marksmanship noun

Examples of marksman in a Sentence

only the best marksmen can hit the bull's-eye at 500 feet
Recent Examples on the Web Richmond will counter with Jordan King (19.1 ppg), a 42.6% three-point marksman. USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Memphis’ 3-point marksman and leading scorer Desmond Bane hit a go-ahead 3 at the 1:47 mark, Jackson's layup about 40 seconds later put the Grizzlies up by three, and Phoenix faltered thereafter. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2024 He was brought in as a 3-point marksman, having shot better than 40% from 3 for two straight seasons, and his defense had also faltered at times. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 6 Mar. 2024 The Aggies connect at just under 50% themselves, with three-point marksman Ian Martinez helping Great Osobor find room to operate inside. USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2024 What happened: Miles wanted point guard Alvaro Cardenas to dribble off a midcourt screen from 6-foot-7 forward Trey Anderson, draw help in the lane and then kick to one of the corners, where the Spartans’ best 3-point marksmen were positioned. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Jan. 2024 At the sound of someone descending the stairs, an Alpha marksman whose call sign is Mirage stiffened. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The best marksmen at the time could manage at most three or four rounds a minute from their muzzle-loading muskets. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 Throughout its eight episodes, viewers will see not only Reeves as an exemplary marksman and detective, but also the person behind the badge, and the struggle with balancing his work and his family life. Okla Jones, Essence, 7 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of marksman was in 1641

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“Marksman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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marks·​man ˈmärk-smən How to pronounce marksman (audio)
: a person skilled in shooting at a mark or target
marksmanship noun

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