- a person who works in a pit, as in coal mining.
- Machinery. any of certain types of connecting rods.
Origin of pitman
- Sir Isaac,1813–97, English inventor of a system of shorthand.
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Examples from the Web for pitman
Neither Pitman nor Collier had their modern meaning of coal-miner.The Romance of Names
I mind fine his granddam—the merry-begot of a pitman's lass doon the water.'Border Ghost Stories
But I permitted Mr. Pitman to continue without interruption.Out of the Hurly-Burly
Charles Heber Clark
Marrow, a mate, a fellow-workman, a pitman who works in a shift with another.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
She was 92 reading "Pitman's Phonetic Journal," and eating bread and treacle.The Making of a Prig
- mainly Scot and Northern English a person who works down a mine, esp a coal miner
- Sir Isaac. 1813–97, English inventor of a system of phonetic shorthand (1837)