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day man

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noun

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.

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Nearby words

day labourer, day letter, day lewis, c., day lily, day loan, day man, day name, day nursery, day of atonement, day of infamy, day of judgment

Origin of day man

First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for day man

  • Is it not a relic of Norman rule, from the French journée, signifying a day-man?

    Notes & Queries, No. 19, Saturday, March 9, 1850|Various