day man

  1. a seaman who is a member of a deck gang.

  2. 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

Words Nearby day man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use day man in a sentence

  • I am not impelled by the archaic sex madness of the beast, nor by the obsolescent romance madness of later-day man.

  • Present-day man possesses four bodies of increasing fineness, the elements of which interpenetrate.

    Reincarnation | Th. Pascal
  • She had the seeing-eye and the hearing-ear for things that went unnoted by the every-day man and woman.

    Poppy | Cynthia Stockley
  • This is the force of enlightened public opinion, the backing of the every-day man.

    The Third Great Plague | John H. Stokes
  • My own belief is that no latter-day man has any faith in the thoroughness or permanence of his affection for his mate.

    An Unsocial Socialist | George Bernard Shaw