[ weel-muhn, hweel- ]
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noun,plural wheel·men.
  1. Also wheels·man [weelz-muhn, hweel-] /ˈwilz mən, ˈʰwil-/ . a helmsperson or steersperson.

  2. a rider of a bicycle, tricycle, or the like.

  1. Slang.

    • a driver, especially a chauffeur: The mobster's wheelman was also his bodyguard.

    • a person who drives the getaway car in a holdup or robbery.

Origin of wheelman

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; wheel + -man

Words Nearby wheelman

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How to use wheelman in a sentence

  • A policeman witnessed the accident, but he clearly placed the blame on the careless wheelman.

  • If any other wheelman chooses to tire his muscles and overstrain his heart for a mere bit of boasting, let him do it.

  • It was soon followed by "And a half four," upon which the lieutenant directed the wheelman to steer directly for the Bellevite.

    Fighting for the Right | Oliver Optic
  • Furthermore, aside from the question of health altogether, a wheelman becomes quickly tired out with this continual shifting.

  • Even a glad good-night was exchanged, the wheelman's voice rising in a quaver of grateful affection.

    London Films | William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for wheel man

wheel man

  1. a cyclist

  2. Also called: wheelsman US a helmsman

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