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[ oil-man, -muh n ]
/ ˈɔɪlˌmæn, -mən /

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.

Nearby words

oilfired, oilfish, oilgas, oillet, oillionaire, oilman, oilpaper, oils, oilseed, oilskin, oilskins

Origin of oilman

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

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for oilman


/ (ˈɔɪlmən) /

noun plural -men

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