1. of or relating to, or operated, performed, or used by one person: a one-man office; a one-man band.
  2. preferring or seeking romantic involvement with one man only: a one-man woman.

Origin of one-man

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for one-man

Contemporary Examples of one-man

Historical Examples of one-man

  • This is no one-man union, there is no one man they can fix, nor even a small committee.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • One-man power is (theoretically) greatly feared, in America.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • No, it was a case for personal attention; it was a one-man job.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • As it is a one-man job, it should be a force pump with a gasoline engine.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

  • Maizie was right at Hull's elbow, commanding her one-man army to fire at will.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for one-man


  1. consisting of or done by or for one mana one-man band; a one-man show
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