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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. 2017.
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  • The teamster and the help went away, but the army was not aware of their goingall eyes were fixed on the boat.

    Little Washington's Relatives Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • He can be a bootblack, a servant, a barber, perhaps a teamster.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • “Lucky you was riding along with us, Mister,” grumbled the teamster.

    Frances of the Ranges Amy Bell Marlowe
  • "You sent nothing but the ring," said Cass, coloring, as he glanced at the teamster.

  • Bring that teamster over there so close that I kin hear him cussin' his mules.

  • The teamster's cry of horror brought everybody to the scene.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • The teamster insisted that the hospital attendant should address him as Mr. Smith.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • Faith, it's sense in small matters ye're havin', teamster John.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
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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