[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.

Nearby words

  1. rifle grenade,
  2. rifle pit,
  3. rifle range,
  4. riflebird,
  5. rifled slug,
  6. riflery,
  7. riflescope,
  8. rifling,
  9. riflip,
  10. rift

Origin of rifleman

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; rifle1 + -man

Related formsri·fle·man·ship, noun

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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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