[speer-muh n]

noun, plural spear·men.

a person who is armed with or uses a spear.

Origin of spearman

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at spear1, man1
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Examples from the Web for spearman

Historical Examples of spearman

  • These are a spearman, who is also a captain, a pilot, and two oarsmen.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • To Mr. Spearman he accordingly went, and I have not seen him since.

    A Thin Ghost and Others

    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James

  • A noble friendship like theirs— A spearman, came in and saluted.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • And the spearman,—see how he stands at the bow,—now going to cast his spear!

    Feats on the Fiord

    Harriet Martineau

  • And as for thy friend the Spearman, O Sea-warrior, let not his heart be downcast.

British Dictionary definitions for spearman


noun plural -men

a soldier armed with a spear
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