If you know someone who is a crack shot with her rifle at target practice, you can call her a sharpshooter.

Annie Oakley, the fabled markswoman of the Wild West, is a perfect example of a sharpshooter. The sharp bit is a bit of a stretch, but it is presumed to refer to the marksperson's eye; sharpshooter comes to us as a direct translation of the German Scharfsch├╝tz. Today the terms sharpshooter, marksman, and sniper tend to be used interchangeably.

Definitions of sharpshooter

n someone skilled in shooting

crack shot, marksman
Annie Oakley
United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
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a dead shot
a sharpshooter (in the French army)
someone skilled in the use of a rifle
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)

n an athlete noted for accurate aim

Type of:
athlete, jock
a person trained to compete in sports

n a fast schooner once used by New England fisherman for illegal fishing in Canadian waters

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sailing vessel used in former times

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