marksman

A marksman is someone who is excellent at shooting a gun. A skilled marksman hits the bull’s eye every time.

The word mark is from the Middle English word for “target,” so a marksman is a man (or woman) who has excellent aim and shoots a target. In many westerns, the hero is a marksman capable of hitting a small target that’s far away. In real life, police officers and members of the military are trained to be marksmen. Women can be marksmen, too, but if the name bugs you, call them sharpshooters.

Definitions of marksman
  1. noun
    someone skilled in shooting
    synonyms: crack shot, sharpshooter
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    examples:
    Annie Oakley
    United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
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    deadeye
    a dead shot
    franc-tireur
    a sharpshooter (in the French army)
    rifleman
    someone skilled in the use of a rifle
    sniper
    a marksman who shoots at people from a concealed place
    type of:
    shooter, shot
    a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
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