[ flahy-muhn ]

noun,plural fly·men.Theater.
  1. a stagehand, especially one who operates the apparatus in the flies.

Origin of flyman

First recorded in 1835–45; fly2 + -man

Words Nearby flyman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use flyman in a sentence

  • But the flyman shook his head, and looked very serious, and told me that he feared bad times were coming.

    Erema | R. D. Blackmore
  • Then the newly-made friends walked upstairs together, leaving Honeybee and Fanny to get the luggage up, and to fight the flyman.

  • Mr. Honeybee only paid the flyman three times his fare, but escaped without loss of blood.

  • When driving round and about Cromer, our flyman pointed out "Poppy Land" to me.

  • I went out on the steps to meet him, and with the help of the flyman he brought in the luggage.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water | Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent

British Dictionary definitions for flyman


/ (ˈflaɪmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. theatre a stagehand who operates the scenery, curtains, etc, in the flies

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