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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
1695-1705; oar + 's1 + -man
Related forms
oarsmanship, noun Unabridged
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  • They were to sail in their own hired ship, for such was the custom, and the ship was ready with her oarsmen.

  • The master of the Olenia had turned away and was about to give an order to his oarsmen.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • They are manned by six or eight oarsmen, and are supposed to carry about four tons of merchandise.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • Perth urged the oarsmen in the captain's gig to the most tremendous exertion.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • The oarsmen work at day in the harbor, but the law compels them to pass the night on board.

  • The oarsmen attempted to obey this order, and to beat off their pursuers.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • François gave a few quick orders and the oarsmen swung hard upon one side.

  • At this command the oarsmen levelled and feathered their oars.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for oarsmen


noun (pl) -men
a man who rows, esp one who rows in a racing boat
Derived Forms
oarsmanship, noun
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