[rahy-fuh l-muh n]

noun, plural ri·fle·men.

a soldier armed with a rifle.
a person skilled in the use of a rifle.

Origin of rifleman

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; rifle1 + -man
Related formsri·fle·man·ship, noun
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Historical Examples of rifleman

  • The rifleman kept running, seeming not to hear him in his panic.

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    Tom Godwin

  • Grierson was made a prisoner, but was killed by a Georgia rifleman.

    Stories Of Georgia

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • "That is the governor's fortification," replied the rifleman.

  • "Don't let me hear that agin," said the Rifleman, rising to his feet.

  • That little, white member, as the Rifleman grasped it, was like the poles of a battery.

British Dictionary definitions for rifleman


noun plural -men

a person skilled in the use of a rifle, esp a soldier
Also called: titipounamu a wren, Acanthisitta chloris, of New Zealand: family XenicidaeSee also bush wren
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Word Origin and History for rifleman

1775, from rifle (n.) + man (n.).

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