[ top-muhn ]

noun,plural top·men.Nautical.
  1. a person stationed for duty in a top.

Origin of topman

First recorded in 1505–15; top1 + -man

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

How to use topman in a sentence

  • topman later apologized for this and the “Nice new girlfriend—what breed is she?”

  • Then a topman saw the pirate come a-sailing in the bay, And reported to the Captain in the ordinary way.

  • The chap was never made for a topman as you may see, sir, by the fashion in which he crosses his lower stanchions.

    The Red Rover | James Fenimore Cooper
  • The topman, however, was not long in making his appearance, and then the chief saw fit again to break the silence.

    The Red Rover | James Fenimore Cooper
  • It would be difficult to deceive a topman in the cut and trim of sails among which he has passed months, nay years.

    The Red Rover | James Fenimore Cooper
  • A feeble sign from his companion caused the topman to pause, while he endeavoured to construe its meaning as well as he was able.

    The Red Rover | James Fenimore Cooper