[helmz-muh n]

noun, plural helms·men.

a person who steers a ship.

Origin of helmsman

First recorded in 1615–25; helm1 + 's1 + -man
Related formshelms·man·ship, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for helmsman

pilot, helmsman, steersman, wheelman

Examples from the Web for helmsman

Contemporary Examples of helmsman

Historical Examples of helmsman

British Dictionary definitions for helmsman


noun plural -men

the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for helmsman

1620s, from helm (n.1) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper