Definitions

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  • n. an infantry soldier used for skirmishing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who skirmishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who skirmishes; a soldier specially detailed for the duty of skirmishing; one of the skirmish-line (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)

Etymologies

skirmish +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “The new model Gatling is a terrible instrument, capable of awful doings on occasion, as for instance, when it is desired to sink a torpedo boat, or enter the embrasures of a fort, mow down a column, sweep the streets in a riot, clear a bridge or drive back a skirmisher swarm.”

    The Gun

  • He gave instructions for me to be sworn in, and I took the oath on the sabre-blade, ate a pinch of salt, and was informed that I was now a skirmisher of the 3rd Native Light Cavalry, that my daffadar was Kudrat Ali, that I would be paid one rupee per day, with a quarter-anna dyeing allowance, and that since I had brought my own horse I would be excused the customary recruit deposit.

    Fiancée

  • What happened was that the havildar-major came along the rank, with two naiks carrying big bags of cartridges, of which he offered three to each skirmisher.

    Fiancée

  • Monday, November 26, 2007 tirailleur tirailleur (teera-yuhr) n.m. skirmisher; soldier, infantryman, sharpshooter; sniper

    tirailleur - French Word-A-Day

  • Instead of consulting the firing tables, one now merely rolls a D6 for each skirmisher figure and hits with a roll of 4, 5 or 6 depending on the range to the target.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • We will undoubtedly have some informal play testing sessions in the interim so that we can work on our ideas for cavalry charges, square formations and changes, etc. and skirmisher rules.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • One simply throws a D6 for each skirmisher and hits on a score of 4-6 (short range), 5-6 (medium range) and 6 (long range).

    BAR Napoleon Playtest

  • In the centre, the Crusaders halted their advance to fire with bow & crossbow & actually gained a skirmisher advantage right of centre.

    Fiday at Nick's

  • The Crusaders deployed in a tight formation, infantry spear & crossbow & Sergents in the centre with some skirmisher bowmen in front, knights on the right, turcopoles on the left.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • These young soldiers were valiant in the presence of our redoubtable infantry; their inexperience extricated them intrepidly from the dilemma; they performed particularly excellent service as skirmishers: the soldier skirmisher, left somewhat to himself, becomes, so to speak, his own general.

    Les Miserables

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