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[pres-muh n]
noun, plural press·men.
  1. a person who operates or has charge of a printing press.
  2. British. a writer or reporter for the press.
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Origin of pressman

First recorded in 1590–1600; press1 + -man
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  • Is it ever the business of any pressman to understand anything?


    Joseph Conrad

  • The pressman and his family were to receive ten free tickets.

  • Lumley was tactful enough to leave the pressman alone with the star.

  • Mr. Alden had watched for five nights when he knew the pressman to be at home.

  • A rapid calculation showed the pressman where lay his best chance.

British Dictionary definitions for pressman


noun plural -men
  1. a person who works for the press
  2. a person who operates a printing press
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Word Origin and History for pressman


1590s, from press (n.) + man (n.).

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