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[teem-ster] /ˈtim stər/
a person who drives a team or a truck for hauling, especially as an occupation.
a member of the Teamsters Union.
Origin of teamster
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; team + -ster Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The teamster reined up, throwing his horses upon their haunches.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • There was still uncertainty as to what had happened to the teamster and the horses.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Did he tell you any—any particulars of what happened to the cart, and—and the teamster?

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • It must have been the teamster, though she did not remember seeing him in the water.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • The teamster now devoted his whole attention to his whereabouts.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • “You must have made a good trade,” he said, smiling at the teamster.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • He insisted doggedly on his rôle as a balky ox and scowled at the teamster.

  • The teamster insisted that the hospital attendant should address him as Mr. Smith.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
British Dictionary definitions for teamster


a driver of a team of horses used for haulage
(US & Canadian) the driver of a lorry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teamster

"person who drives a team of horses" (especially in hauling freight), 1777, from team (n.) + -ster. Transferred to motor truck drivers by 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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