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messman

[mes-muh n] /ˈmɛs mən/
noun, plural messmen. Naval.
1.
an enlisted person who serves in the messroom.
Origin of messman
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; mess + -man
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  • The cook and messman often made their presence felt and heard.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Celebrations were carried on into the night, but no one forgot the cook and the messman.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The messman's head appeared, and the minute it bobbed up into sight it was greeted with a volley of vegetables.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The cook prepared the meals, and the messman of the day rendered any assistance necessary.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The first hint of this came from the messman and cook who commenced to make a Herculean sweep of the pint-mugs and tin plates.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Then the messman ran out to the trap-door and saw that the northern wireless mast had disappeared.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • "Take them down to the messman and see that they have a good meal," he commanded, when he had finished.

    With Wellington in Spain F. S. Brereton
  • The beaker was so greasy and filthy that I could not help turning round to the messman and saying, 'Fellow, get me a glass!'

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Job preference had already figured in the organization of the new messman's Branch established in January 1943.

  • It was naval tradition to have black sailors in the integrated ranks and a separate messman's Branch.

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