sharpshooter

noun
sharp·​shoot·​er | \ ˈshärp-ˌshü-tər How to pronounce sharpshooter (audio) \

Definition of sharpshooter

1 : a proficient marksman
2 : a consistently accurate shooter (as in basketball)

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for sharpshooter

Synonyms

marksman, shooter, shot

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of sharpshooter in a Sentence

the police stationed sharpshooters on rooftops all along the route of the presidential motorcade

Recent Examples on the Web

In June, Boston agreed to a two-way deal with former DePaul sharpshooter Max Strus, an undrafted free agent. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics waive Guerschon Yabusele," 10 July 2019 The former Sixers sharpshooter will thrive in New Orleans’ run-and-gun system, sprinting to the corner as Lonzo Ball and Zion push the pace in transition. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Debating the Best and Worst Deals of NBA Free Agency," 5 July 2019 Nwora is first and foremost a sharpshooter, but the 6-foot-8 forward adds some rebounding, too. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball's freshmen could play key roles as season intensifies," 9 Feb. 2018 The former sharpshooter who starred at Wyandotte High and played alongside Eduardo Najera and Hollis Price on Kelvin Sampson’s Oklahoma teams has been a coach at several levels for 16 years. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "KCK basketball team has a starting five, one sub and plenty of life lessons," 8 Feb. 2018 Great white triliums, the official state wildflower, are rebounding now that sharpshooters are taking out hungry deer. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Where to see spring wildflowers in Greater Cleveland, while they last (photos)," 11 May 2018 The sharpshooters take aim from tree stands, not on the ground. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "15 deer killed in first two days of cull at U-M Dearborn; hunt resumes Wednesday," 26 Feb. 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 Explosive-sniffing dogs, sharpshooters, security perimeters, license-plate camera scanners, and checkpoints are in full-force. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "How We'll Stop Chemical Attacks," 28 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sharpshooter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sharpshooter

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sharpshooter

Statistics for sharpshooter

Last Updated

15 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sharpshooter

The first known use of sharpshooter was in 1794

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sharpshooter

sharpshooter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sharpshooter

: someone who is skilled at shooting a target with a gun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sharpshooter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sharpshooter

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sharpshooter

Spanish Central: Translation of sharpshooter

Nglish: Translation of sharpshooter for Spanish Speakers

Comments on sharpshooter

What made you want to look up sharpshooter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!