What do you call a person who is using a shield? In the same manner as "swordsman" or "axeman", not as in "shielded".

I've found


but that's more of a title for someone carrying someone else's shield.

Shield User

is something else I've found, but it sounds generic as anything.

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    What problem does this solve? Are you looking for a synonym for brandish or a specific usage of a shield as a battle tactic?
    – SrJoven
    Sep 26, 2014 at 16:44
  • My particular problem is "How do you refer to someone's skill with a shield", "You're an excellent swordsman", "You're an excellent shield-something"
    – Haedrian
    Sep 26, 2014 at 17:07
  • "You have excellent shield skills"?
    – Gob Ties
    Sep 26, 2014 at 17:13
  • The way I see it, a warrior uses a shield to defend him/herself while wielding a weapon offensively, so it's the less glamorous but more vital of the warrior's arsenal of skills - probably why it doesn't have its own skill title. If someone has excellent shield skills, how about just calling them "alive"? ;-) Sep 26, 2014 at 18:10
  • But what does one do with a shield that's a skill? Block? Attack? Ranged attack boomerang throwing shield? What's the skill? Hey.. you can hold that shield on your arm for hours! What a feat! A shield bearer? A good user of shield to do shield stuff? A blocker? Or an appellation of someone who carries a specific type of shield? But that's not a skill, that's just a shield-bearer title. but if you insist that shield-bearing isn't a skill
    – SrJoven
    Sep 26, 2014 at 18:27

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There is a word "shieldman" (or "shieldmaiden") that might apply here, but more generally one would be a warrior, knight, soldier, man-at-arms, etc. In times when this was relevant, skill with a shield would only prolong your life so long if you could not also wield a sword or other weapon.


According to Wiktionary, shieldsman is a word. (shieldman is mentioned as a synonym also.)

someone who carries a shield

There is a contemporary usage but low. (See: Ngram result). Some usages in Google Books suggest that it connotes shield mastery.

Also, I see the usage of shield master especially in video games.

The reason there is not a well-established term like swordsman might be that the use of shield is mastered along with a weapon. You focus on mastering the weapon rather than using the shield.

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