- a large ship specifically designed for transporting crude oil in bulk across the oceans.
Origin of oil tanker
First recorded in 1915–20
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Examples from the Web for oil tanker
Usually it is only the drunks who come over the side of an oil-tanker singing, but this was no drunk.
If there had been, a fellow couldn't be advertising her to the crew of an oil-tanker at high-noon, could he?