marksman [mahrks-muh n] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural marks·men. a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well. Military.
- the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
- a person who has achieved such a rating.
Origin of marksman First recorded in 1645–55;+ + Related formsmarks·man·ship, nounUsage note See . Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marksmanship Contemporary Examples of marksmanship
You cannot fire effectively at the real enemy unless the marksmanship against your own kind is precise.
May 17, 2010
Historical Examples of marksmanship
Weiss, rather pale in the face, gave a look at the result of his marksmanship.
American determination and American marksmanship had saved three American lives.
James R. Driscoll
The Terran had no illusions concerning his own marksmanship.
The number of these, considering the darkness of the night, did credit to American marksmanship.
Ira L. Reeves
We owe much to these trainings and these trials of marksmanship.
Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for marksmanship marksman noun plural -men a person skilled in shooting a serviceman selected for his skill in shooting, esp for a minor engagement a qualification awarded in certain armed services for skill in shooting Derived Formsmarksmanship, nounmarkswoman, fem n Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marksmanship n.
1823, from+ .
1650s, from(n.1) in Middle English sense of “target” + ; with genitive -s. Earlier form was markman (1570s).
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