[pleynz-muh n]

noun, plural plains·men.

an inhabitant of the plains.

Origin of plainsman

First recorded in 1795–1805; plain1 + -s3 + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plainsman

Historical Examples of plainsman

  • He claims to be from a 'high up' Southern family, but has been a plainsman since 1851.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • With the true instinct of a plainsman he turned to look for his Horse.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • The plainsman looked searchingly into the face of the older man.

  • He did these things quickly and without heroics, because he was a plainsman.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • This plainsman knew all that the Southwest had to offer of danger and was equal to any of it.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for plainsman


noun plural -men

a person who lives in a plains region, esp in the Great Plains of North America
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Word Origin and History for plainsman

1858, from plains + man (n.).

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