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[plou-muh n]
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noun, plural plow·men.
  1. a man who plows.
  2. a farm laborer or a rustic.
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Origin of plowman

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; see origin at plow, -man
Related formsplow·man·ship, noun
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  • It was to this place that the plowman was bending his homeward way.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • "Yes, for the present; I am the plowman," he said, in the wish to let her know he was not a common hand.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • The one I have first shown you is of a plowman plowing at evening.

  • The plowman is no longer content to keep his eye forever on the furrow.

    Chapters in Rural Progress

    Kenyon L. Butterfield

  • Was it Burns who followed the plough, or only Piers Plowman?

Word Origin and History for plowman


also plow-man, c.1300, from plow + man (n.).

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