milk·​man | \ ˈmilk-ˌman How to pronounce milkman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of milkman

: a person who sells or delivers milk and milk products

Examples of milkman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Growing Borden The boomer generation may have fond memories of Elsie on the side of their milkman’s truck. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "For a second time in Borden’s 163-year history, a government contract could propel it through crisis," 26 May 2020 Hellert was retired from his decades-long job as a milkman. Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, "A 19th century work ethic with an Instagram account: A Buffalo milkman rides again," 8 May 2020 The sick were quarantined in their rooms, with signs posted on their front doors warning the milkman to stay away. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "What New York Looked Like During the 1918 Flu Pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Topol stars as poor Jewish milkman Tevye at the turn of the 20th century, struggling to hold onto tradition, his daughters and humble Ukrainian village of Anatevka under the encroaching threat of the czarist Russian regime. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "10 best movie musicals you can watch free at home, including Muppets and 'West Side Story'," 7 Apr. 2020 For much of the 20th century, milk was a simple part of daily life in the U.S., as farmers raised cows, milkmen delivered bottles and children chugged it at school. Alana Semuels, Time, "Milk Has Long Been a Staple of American Life. But Now, the Dairy Industry Is in Trouble," 9 Jan. 2020 In another, the woman found herself surrounded by workers, including a milkman, a gasman, a newsagent, and a plumber. Mireille Juchau, The New Yorker, "How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism," 7 Nov. 2019 Charles remained in the dairy business for many years as a milkman., "Charles J. Cubeta," 8 Dec. 2019 Freddie was the milkman for the Noone family in Manchester, England. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: The Case of Mama Hen and the Mongrel Chicks — or: What Would Jesus Say?," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of milkman

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Milkman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of milkman

: a man who sells or delivers milk


milk·​man | \ ˈmilk-ˌman How to pronounce milkman (audio) \
plural milkmen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of milkman

: a person who sells or delivers milk

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