[oil-man, -muh n]

noun, plural oil·men [oil-men, -muh n] /ˈɔɪlˌmɛn, -mən/.

a person who owns or operates oil wells or an executive in the petroleum industry.
a person who retails or delivers oil, especially fuel oil for furnaces.

Origin of oilman

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at oil, man1

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for oilman

Contemporary Examples of oilman

Historical Examples of oilman

  • The custom is still kept up by the descendants of the oilman.

  • He stopped at the shop of an oilman, and offered him the honey for sale, and he bought it.

  • The oilman's ox stands as the accepted type of a weary toiler.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling

  • The potter supplies him with pots, the weaver with cloth, and the oilman with oil.

    The Case For India

    Annie Besant

  • Then she went and lodged with an oilman, who had great jars full of oil.

    Deccan Nursery Tales

    Charles Augustus Kincaid

British Dictionary definitions for oilman


noun plural -men

a person who owns or operates oil wells
a person who makes or sells oil
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