[ steerz-muhn ]
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noun,plural steers·men.
  1. a person who steers a ship; steersperson.

  2. a person who drives a machine.

Origin of steersman

First recorded before 1000; Middle English steresman, Old English stēoresmann, equivalent to stēor “steering, helm” (see steer1) + -es 's1 +man man

Other words from steersman

  • steers·man·ship, noun

Words Nearby steersman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steersman in a sentence

  • Then he let a steaming arch out of the hose pipe, that vaulted the distance and soaked the steersman, who howled and lay down.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • Retired worn out; slept soundly; awaked by mate telling me that both men on watch and steersman missing.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker
  • The bowman hitteth the mark, as the steersman reacheth land, by diversity of aim.

  • With a shriek of command to the steersman, and a plunge of his paddle, the bowman wrenches the canoe out of its course.

  • The young steersman could not guess that the shadow of a long sorrow was even then stretching across the path ahead.

British Dictionary definitions for steersman


/ (ˈstɪəzmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. the helmsman of a vessel

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