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.
Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Words nearby day man
Origin of day man
First recorded in 1875–80
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Example sentences from the Web for day man
Is it not a relic of Norman rule, from the French journée, signifying a day-man?