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[milk-man] /ˈmɪlkˌmæn/
noun, plural milkmen.
a person who sells or delivers milk.
Origin of milkman
First recorded in 1580-90; milk + man1
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At half-past seven you heard the whoop of the milkman and the rattling of his cans.

  • For the first time in all these years the milkman found locked doors.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • The only clew was the milkman, but where could she find him?

  • In the milkman hours we slipped from the hotel and took a car for the Graymount.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • And the milkman, they tell us, is typical of modern industrial society.

  • The milkman was in the habit of bringing milk to the door in the morning.

  • When she came to us she was engaged to a pork butcher—with a milkman in reserve.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • He had planned to be many things, from a milkman to an Indian fighter.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
British Dictionary definitions for milkman


noun (pl) -men
a man who delivers or sells milk
a man who milks cows; dairyman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for milkman

1580s, from milk (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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