[lawfts-muh n, lofts-]

noun, plural lofts·men. Shipbuilding.

a person who prepares molds and patterns.

Origin of loftsman

First recorded in 1900–05; loft + 's1 + man1

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for loftsman


noun plural -men

a person who reproduces in actual size a draughtsman's design for a ship or an aircraft, working on the floor of a building (mould loft) with a large floor area
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