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 marksmanship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for marksman


sharpshooter, shooter, shot

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Examples of marksman in a Sentence

only the best marksmen can hit the bull's-eye at 500 feet

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Cameron Johnson NBA Draft Tape: North Carolina's Cameron Johnson is one of the true marksmen in the 2019 NBA Draft. Tribune News Service,, "NBA draft profile: Magic target Cameron Johnson of North Carolina," 10 June 2019 Then 38, Kerr had just concluded a 15-year career, cementing himself as one of the greatest outside marksmen of all time. New York Times, "In 2003, Steve Kerr Created the Perfect Shooter. In 2019, He Coaches Him.," 5 June 2019 Bonner-Prendie is expected to bring back dynamic guard Isaiah Wong, who was selected the Catholic League’s most valuable player, along with 6-9 forward Tariq Ingraham and long-range marksman Mike Perretta. Rick O'brien,, "Jack Concannon steps away as Bonner-Prendergast basketball coach," 18 Apr. 2018 Hopkins was a Vietnam veteran who was awarded a marksman badge with pistol bar and a sharpshooter with rifle bar decorations during 11 years of service in the U.S. Army. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Estimated 129 guns found in home of police ambush suspect," 16 Oct. 2018 Before you accuse me of spoilers, Marvel has been touting the marksman villain in its promos for Daredevil. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Daredevil season 3 is a return to what made the show so good in season 1," 15 Oct. 2018 One of those schemes is cultivating new talent in the form of expert marksman Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel). Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Hegar, a recipient of an M.B.A. from the University of Texas and an expert marksman, could represent the first serious challenge in years to District 31 incumbent GOP Representative John Carter. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 Chelsea are thought to be weighing up a move for Paris Saint-Germain marksman Edinson Cavani as the new man to lead their attack next term, but need to free up space in their squad to be able to acquire new signings., "Report Claims Juventus Lining Up Shock Summer Move for Former Star & Chelsea Misfit," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of marksman

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of marksman was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of marksman

: a person (especially a man) who is skilled in shooting a gun at a target


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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having a desire to acquire more things

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