[mahrks-muh n]

noun, plural marks·men.

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

First recorded in 1645–55; mark1 + 's1 + -man
Related formsmarks·man·ship, noun

Usage note

See -man. 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.

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Historical Examples of marksmanship

British Dictionary definitions for marksmanship


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
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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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