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[speer-muh n] /ˈspɪər mən/
noun, plural spearmen.
a person who is armed with or uses a spear.
Origin of spearman
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at spear1, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These are a spearman, who is also a captain, a pilot, and two oarsmen.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • To Mr. spearman he accordingly went, and I have not seen him since.

    A Thin Ghost and Others

    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • A noble friendship like theirs— A spearman, came in and saluted.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • And the spearman,—see how he stands at the bow,—now going to cast his spear!

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • And as for thy friend the spearman, O Sea-warrior, let not his heart be downcast.

  • I am a spearman, but I prefer the North spear and the pilum.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Here and there a spearman holds in front of him an oval shield by the handle.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • He picked up the spearman in that first rush and flung him into the fire.

    Black Amazon of Mars Leigh Brackett
  • spearman gazed across at her without apparent comprehension.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • They should be there, according to a map spearman had made in orbit from the final photographs.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for spearman


noun (pl) -men
a soldier armed with a spear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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