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[pres-muh n] /ˈprɛs mən/
noun, plural pressmen.
a person who operates or has charge of a printing press.
British. a writer or reporter for the press.
Origin of pressman
First recorded in 1590-1600; press1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Alden had watched for five nights when he knew the pressman to be at home.

  • Lumley was tactful enough to leave the pressman alone with the star.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • No one was such a thorough “pressman” as was “Boz,” or threw himself with such ardour into his profession.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • A rapid calculation showed the pressman where lay his best chance.

  • A pressman sprang to her side and helped to prevent her body pitching headlong forward.

  • A hundred years ago the path of the pressman was not so smooth as it is to-day.

  • The pressman and his family were to receive ten free tickets.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The Australian pressman, like his cousin over here, is a child of the bush.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
British Dictionary definitions for pressman


/ˈprɛsmən; -ˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
a person who works for the press
a person who operates a printing press
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pressman

1590s, from press (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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