[steerz-muh n]

noun, plural steers·men.

a person who steers a ship; helmsman.
a person who drives a machine.

Origin of steersman

before 1000; Middle English steresman, Old English stēoresmann, equivalent to stēor steering, helm (see steer1) + -es 's1 +man man1
Related formssteers·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for steersman

pilot, helmsman, wheelman

Examples from the Web for steersman

Historical Examples of steersman

  • In the stern sat the Indian steersman, with a rifle ready to his hand.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • The steersman, who was staring hard in the direction they were going, scowled.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Unfortunately, as he arrived at this conclusion a cry from the steersman roused him.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • The father was rowing, and Willie was occupying the proud position of steersman.

    What the Blackbird said

    Mrs. Frederick Locker

  • Cappen felt smaller than usual when he approached the steersman.

    The Valor of Cappen Varra

    Poul William Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for steersman


noun plural -men

the helmsman of a vessel
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