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[mahrks-muh n] /ˈmɑrks mən/
noun, plural marksmen.
a person who is skilled in shooting at a mark; a person who shoots well.
  1. the lowest rating in rifle marksmanship, below that of sharpshooter and expert.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
Origin of marksman
1645-55; mark1 + 's1 + -man
Related forms
marksmanship, noun
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marksmanship
  • His arrows fit snugly into the holes they have made only if you accept the usual middlebrow standards of marksmanship.
  • His colleagues marveled at his marksmanship, and rumor has it that he killed several soldiers.
  • In that case, counting on poor alien marksmanship might not be prudent.
  • But there's more to a real sportsman, he implies, than good marksmanship.
  • Apparently, drinking only improves his marksmanship.
  • As for marksmanship, she says, real guns are barred from the household.
  • Keep in mind, the program still boasts it has the highest marksmanship standards in law enforcement.
  • Firearms training for law enforcement demands more than mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship.
  • For any hunter, the rifle range is a fine place to practice marksmanship.
  • The match's stated goal is to offer troops an opportunity to learn additional marksmanship skills as well as compete.
British Dictionary definitions for marksmanship


noun (pl) -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 Forms
marksmanship, noun
markswoman, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for marksmanship

1823, from marksman + -ship.



1650s, from mark (n.1) in Middle English sense of "target" + man; with genitive -s. Earlier form was markman (1570s).

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