[fruhn-teerz-muh n, fron- or, esp. British, fruhn-teerz-]

noun, plural fron·tiers·men.

a person, especially a man, who lives on the frontier, especially in sparsely settled regions.

Origin of frontiersman

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; frontier + 's1 + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for frontiersman

mountaineer, backwoodsman

Examples from the Web for frontiersman

Historical Examples of frontiersman

  • This propensity he inherited not only from his mother, but also from his father, who had been a frontiersman.

    Sielanka: An Idyll

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • This was out of consideration for Billy's standing as a frontiersman.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • Every frontiersman was preparing for a tussle with the hated Spaniard.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • I would be a frontiersman, a trail-breaker, a treasure-seeker.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • "Got him that trip," was the frontiersman's satisfactory comment.

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

British Dictionary definitions for frontiersman


noun plural -men

(formerly) a man living on a frontier, esp in a newly pioneered territory of the US
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