[mes-muh n]

noun, plural mess·men. Naval.

an enlisted person who serves in the messroom.

Origin of messman

First recorded in 1840–50; mess + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for messman

Historical Examples of messman

  • The cook and messman often made their presence felt and heard.

  • Celebrations were carried on into the night, but no one forgot the cook and the messman.

  • The messman's head appeared, and the minute it bobbed up into sight it was greeted with a volley of vegetables.

    Pincher Martin, O.D.

    H. Taprell Dorling

  • The cook prepared the meals, and the messman of the day rendered any assistance necessary.

  • The first hint of this came from the messman and cook who commenced to make a Herculean sweep of the pint-mugs and tin plates.