[pit-muh n]

noun, plural pit·men for 1, pit·mans for 2.

a person who works in a pit, as in coal mining.
Machinery. any of certain types of connecting rods.

Origin of pitman

First recorded in 1600–10; pit1 + -man


[pit-muh n]


Sir Isaac,1813–97, English inventor of a system of shorthand.
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Examples from the Web for pitman

Historical Examples of pitman

  • Neither Pitman nor Collier had their modern meaning of coal-miner.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • I mind fine his granddam—the merry-begot of a pitman's lass doon the water.'

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pitman


noun plural -men

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)
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