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[awrz-muh n, ohrz-] /ˈɔrz mən, ˈoʊrz-/
noun, plural oarsmen.
a person who rows a boat, especially a racing boat; rower.
Origin of oarsman
First recorded in 1695-1705; oar + 's1 + -man
Related forms
oarsmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • Not a chip of the boat was harmed, nor a hair of any oarsman's head; but the mate for ever sank.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • It was quite a picture, that of our oarsman, upon this summons to depart.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • The thought of his prowess as an oarsman had restored Frank's self-respect.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • It must draw but little water; it must turn easily; and it must be rowable by one oarsman only.

    Venice Dorothy Menpes
  • The oarsman, a man of much intelligence, hit on an explanation.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • After what seemed to be an interminable time the oarsman said, "Now strike him."

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • Although the oarsman ignored her approbation he was not unmindful of it.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • He looked at the oarsman who had spoken and leaped lightly into the boat.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The oarsman was expert; he dipped and raised his oars so that there was no splashing.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It is no child's-play that is involved, as every oarsman knows.

    Oxford Robert Peel and H. C. Minchin
British Dictionary definitions for oarsman


noun (pl) -men
a man who rows, esp one who rows in a racing boat
Derived Forms
oarsmanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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