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wheelman

[hweel-muh n, weel-]
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noun, plural wheel·men.
  1. Also wheels·man [hweelz-muh n, weel-] /ˈʰwilz mən, ˈwil-/. a helmsman or steersman.
  2. a rider of a bicycle, tricycle, or the like.
  3. Slang.
    1. a driver, especially a chauffeur: The mobster's wheelman was also his bodyguard.
    2. a person who drives the getaway car in a holdup or robbery.
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Origin of wheelman

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; wheel + -man
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

pilothelmsmansteersmanwheelman

Examples from the Web for wheelman

Historical Examples

  • Any active boy of ten years of age and upward may become a wheelman.

    Harper's Young People, June 22, 1880

    Various

  • The wheelman rang the speed-bell, and then spoke through the tube to the engineer.

  • He could see the chin and jaws of the wheelman and the beard of old Captain Newton.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

  • "Make the course north north-east, Morris," he shouted to the wheelman.

    Asiatic Breezes

    Oliver Optic

  • He passed old Aaron with no word, passed the wheelman, and faced his brother.