[hweyl-muh n, weyl-]

noun, plural whale·men.

a person whose occupation is whaling; whaler.

Origin of whaleman

An Americanism dating back to 1655–65; whale1 + -man
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Examples from the Web for whaleman

Historical Examples of whaleman

  • But the whaleman, as he seeks the food of light, so he lives in light.

  • And if ever I go where Pliny is, I, a whaleman (more than he was), will make bold to tell him so.

  • They put him down among the sailors, and made a whaleman of him.

  • It was at this moment that I came as close to death as ever whaleman experienced.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster

  • The scenes in a whaleman's life are varied and very stirring.

    Fighting the Whales

    R. M. Ballantyne