[dril-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


a person who trains others in something, especially routinely or mechanically.
Military. a person who instructs in marching drill.

Origin of drillmaster

First recorded in 1865–70; drill1 + master
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Related Words for drillmaster

authoritarian, bully, stickler, tyrant, despot, taskmaster, enforcer

Examples from the Web for drillmaster

Historical Examples of drillmaster

  • Clark is not as good a drillmaster as Dillon, not enough vivacity and life.

    An Artilleryman's Diary

    Jenkin Lloyd Jones

  • They were getting very tired of the drill, and in the humor to nag and balk the drillmaster.

  • He was the drillmaster of the American Revolution, but he was also its greatest student of the human mind and heart.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense

British Dictionary definitions for drillmaster



Also called: drill sergeant obsolete a military drill instructor
a person who instructs in a strict manner
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