[awrz-muh n, ohrz-]

noun, plural oars·men.

a person who rows a boat, especially a racing boat; rower.

Origin of oarsman

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

ferryman, boatman, oar, gondolier

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Contemporary Examples of oarsmen

  • An 1882 travel guide calls it “a good place for oarsmen and campers to picnic,” with a hotel called the White Cross.

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  • The tribute was originally designed as a revenue source to pay the wages of the oarsmen who kept the Persians away.

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Historical Examples of oarsmen

British Dictionary definitions for oarsmen


noun plural -men

a man who rows, esp one who rows in a racing boat
Derived Formsoarsmanship, noun
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