[awrz-muh n, ohrz-]
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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

Examples from the Web for oarsman

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.

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


    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.


    Dorothy Menpes

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

British Dictionary definitions for oarsman


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