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Definition of "marksman" [marks•man]

  • A man skilled in shooting at a target. (noun)
  • A classification in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for the lowest of three ratings of rifle proficiency. (noun)
  • One who holds this rating. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "marksman" in a sentence
  • "Faced nagging back trouble earlier in the year, but remains a marksman from the tee who is not afraid to go for it with a championship on the line."
  • "There is Invariably a shooting-gallery, where, at a distance of some twelve paces, the bold marksman from the Black Forest pops little shuttlecock bolts from a spring gun at a grotesque figure made of painted wood, which, on being wounded in the 'bull's-eye,' whisks round on a pivot and jerks into its place a lovely woman, also of painted wood."
  • "I was not what you might call a marksman in those days, and so I set a bit of [v] hummock about ten yards off as a limit where I could not very conveniently miss, and waited until the bear should come opposite that."