[points-muh n]

noun, plural points·men. British.

a railway switchman.
a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection.

Origin of pointsman

First recorded in 1840–50; point + -s3 + man1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pointsman

Historical Examples of pointsman

British Dictionary definitions for pointsman


noun plural -men

a person who operates railway pointsUS and Canadian equivalent: switchman
a policeman or traffic warden on point duty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012