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[shahrp-shoo-ter] /ˈʃɑrpˌʃu tər/
a person skilled in shooting, especially with a rifle.
  1. a rating below expert and above marksman, assigned to one who has qualified with a specific score in rifle marksmanship.
  2. a person who has achieved such a rating.
an athlete noted for having accurate aim in a sport, as basketball, hockey, archery, golf, etc.
Slang. a person who engages in short-term business dealings with the purpose of making a large, quick profit without regard to scruple.
a spade that has a very narrow blade, used as a garden or nursery tool.
Origin of sharpshooter
1795-1805; sharp (i.e., sharp-eyed) + shooter; compare German Scharfschütz(e) expert marksman
Related forms
sharpshooting, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sharpshooter
  • He said the hostage-taker was killed with a sniper shot to the head after he wounded a police sharpshooter.
  • Camera manufacturers have been slugging it out in an entirely new product category this year: the micro sharpshooter.
  • Then, from behind a line of military police, a sharpshooter in civilian clothes fired a rifle into a crowd of unarmed civilians.
  • After locating and chasing down a pack, an aerial sharpshooter would anesthetize an animal with a dart gun.
British Dictionary definitions for sharpshooter


an expert marksman, esp with a rifle
Derived Forms
sharpshooting, noun
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Word Origin and History for sharpshooter

also sharp-shooter, 1802; see sharp (adj.) + shoot (v.). A translation of German Scharfschütze, from scharf (adj.) "sharp" + schütze "shooter," from schießen "to shoot." Related: Sharpshooting.

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