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[pleynz-muh n] /ˈpleɪnz mən/
noun, plural plainsmen.
an inhabitant of the plains.
Origin of plainsman
First recorded in 1795-1805; plain1 + -s3 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He claims to be from a 'high up' Southern family, but has been a plainsman since 1851.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • With the true instinct of a plainsman he turned to look for his Horse.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • The plainsman looked searchingly into the face of the older man.

  • He did these things quickly and without heroics, because he was a plainsman.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • This plainsman knew all that the Southwest had to offer of danger and was equal to any of it.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • When he spoke it was with the languid drawl of the Western plainsman.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • To the plainsman walking is the most refined form of punishment.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan
  • That boy's got the sense of a plainsman any day, I tell you, and he'll make it all right.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • His cheeks were burned to a ruddy tan and his eyes were as clear as a plainsman's.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • Mary, seeing the dark, stern face of the plainsman, had some such thought also.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for plainsman


noun (pl) -men
a person who lives in a plains region, esp in the Great Plains of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plainsman

1858, from plains + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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