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noun (1)

bow·​man ˈbō-mən How to pronounce bowman (audio)


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noun (2)

bow·​man ˈbau̇-mən How to pronounce bowman (audio)
: a boatman, oarsman, or paddler stationed in the front of a boat

Examples of bowman in a Sentence

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Sarah and Nyles hit it off, a twilight hookup is interrupted by a mysterious bowman (J.K. Simmons) who shoots Nyles, and a concerned Sarah wanders into a mysterious cave. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 July 2020 In 2004, a lone bowman tried to shoot down a coast guard helicopter, and two years later the Sentinelese killed a pair of Indian crab fishermen who drifted ashore. Alex Perry, Outside Online, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowman was in the 13th century

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“Bowman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: archer

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