noun, plural marksmen.
a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.
the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
a person who has achieved such a rating.

1645–55; mark1 + 's1 + -man

marksmanship, noun

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marksman (ˈmɑːksmən)
n , pl -men
1.  a person skilled in shooting
2.  a serviceman selected for his skill in shooting, esp for a minor engagement
3.  a qualification awarded in certain armed services for skill in shooting
fem n

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from mark (1) in M.E. sense of "target" + man. Related: Marksmanship.
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Slang Dictionary

marksman definition

  1. n.
    a serious college student who works hard to get good marks (grades). : Bill kept saying that Todd was a geek and a marksman, until Todd flunked algebra.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
One of the soldiers rushed at her but she was an expert marksman and dropped
  him to the floor.
He practiced firing into a fence and concluded he was a better marksman than he
  had thought.
As a good marksman, he would do his bit in any fighting.
One ad portrayed a well-dressed marksman firing at a target in his living room
  fireplace while a dog lounged at his feet.
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