[ 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

sharp·shoot·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sharpshooter


/ (ˈʃɑːpˌʃuːtə) /


an expert marksman, esp with a rifle

Derived Forms

sharpshooting, noun
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