[tim-ber-muh n]

noun, plural tim·ber·men.

a person who prepares, erects, and maintains mine timbers.

Nearby words

  1. timbering,
  2. timberjack,
  3. timberlake,
  4. timberland,
  5. timberline,
  6. timberwork,
  7. timberyard,
  8. timbre,
  9. timbrel,
  10. timbuktu

Origin of timberman

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at timber, man1

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Examples from the Web for timberman

  • He made his money that way, and it is not long since he was a timberman on this same lode.

    The Wedge of Gold|C. C. Goodwin
  • We went into camp, and before breakfast a timberman called on us.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck|R. Pitcher Woodward
  • Leave me a mess o Molly Cottontails, said the timberman, driving on.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains|Jay Winthrop Allen
  • When he talked of boarding the timberman and bringing off the eight men, his imagination was a little confused.

    The Last Entry|William Clark Russell

British Dictionary definitions for timberman


noun plural -men

any of various longicorn beetles that have destructive wood-eating larvaeAlso called: timberman beetle
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