One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who shoots, especially a marksman.
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- ‘The unimpeachable morality and impeccable conduct of the shootist who never killed anyone still captures imaginations today.’
- ‘Knowledgeable shootists realize the value of a large-frame revolver and have mourned the loss of this full figured six-gun ever since.’
- ‘In many respects the modern shootist has many things in common with the brush popper of the past.’
- ‘One of their sponsors is a store catering to shootists, and the ad offers ‘machine gun rentals.’’
- ‘It began with an aluminum alloy frame, barrel shroud and yoke, which is a remarkable feat of engineering skill, but knowledgeable shootists have been expecting something like this for years.’
Mid 19th century: from shoot + -ist.
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