a seaman who is a member of a deck gang.
Also called idler. a member of a ship's company who does not stand watch and who ordinarily works only during the day, as a carpenter or sailmaker.
Origin of day man
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for day man
Is it not a relic of Norman rule, from the French journée, signifying a day-man?