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[pit-muh n] /ˈpɪt mən/
noun, plural pitmen for 1, pitmans for 2.
a person who works in a pit, as in coal mining.
Machinery. any of certain types of connecting rods.
Origin of pitman
First recorded in 1600-10; pit1 + -man


[pit-muh n] /ˈpɪt mən/
Sir Isaac, 1813–97, English inventor of a system of shorthand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pitman
Historical Examples
  • Neither pitman nor Collier had their modern meaning of coal-miner.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • I mind fine his granddam—the merry-begot of a pitman's lass doon the water.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • But I permitted Mr. pitman to continue without interruption.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly

    Charles Heber Clark
  • Marrow, a mate, a fellow-workman, a pitman who works in a shift with another.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • She was 92 reading "pitman's Phonetic Journal," and eating bread and treacle.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • The chair has no thoughts, Mrs. pitman, answered that body loftily.

  • So Louie became a quite superior writer of pitman's shorthand.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • I went up to his rooms for a speed practice in pitman's Shorthand.

  • It was impossible to go back, for Miss pitman was standing on the stairs.

    A Pair of Schoolgirls Angela Brazil
  • "Miss pitman's crosser than usual," she said to Alison at eleven o'clock.

    A Pair of Schoolgirls Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for pitman


noun (pl) -men
(mainly Scot & Northern English) a person who works down a mine, esp a coal miner


Sir Isaac. 1813–97, English inventor of a system of phonetic shorthand (1837)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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