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oarsman

[awrz-muh n, ohrz-]
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noun, plural oars·men.
  1. a person who rows a boat, especially a racing boat; rower.
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Origin of oarsman

First recorded in 1695–1705; oar + 's1 + -man
Related formsoars·man·ship, noun
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Related Words for oarsman

ferryman, boatman, oar, gondolier

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Historical Examples of oarsman

  • Not a chip of the boat was harmed, nor a hair of any oarsman's head; but the mate for ever sank.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale

    Herman Melville

  • It was quite a picture, that of our oarsman, upon this summons to depart.

    Acadia

    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • The thought of his prowess as an oarsman had restored Frank's self-respect.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • It must draw but little water; it must turn easily; and it must be rowable by one oarsman only.

    Venice

    Dorothy Menpes

  • The oarsman, a man of much intelligence, hit on an explanation.


British Dictionary definitions for oarsman

oarsman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who rows, esp one who rows in a racing boat
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Derived Formsoarsmanship, noun
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