oars·​man | \ˈȯrz-mən \

Definition of oarsman 

: one who rows especially in a racing crew

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oarsmanship \ ˈȯrz-​mən-​ˌship \ noun

Synonyms for oarsman


oar, rower, sculler

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Examples of oarsman in a Sentence

the only oarsman in a rowboat designed for two

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But that fairytale partnership veered towards reality-show drama during the Houston series, when Curry and Durant appeared out of sync, like oarsmen pulling on different beats. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Steph Curry and Kevin Durant Put Their Tug-of-War Behind Them," 4 June 2018 If your accelerator foot gets heavier, the engine is fired up and seamlessly joins the electric oarsman. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Hyundai has come a long way with its outstanding Ioniq Hybrid," 14 July 2017 All were assigned their own convoy boat, which included an impartial observer, an oarsman, and a coach or helper. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Sea of Dreams: How William Wrigley Jr. brought the Wrigley Ocean Marathon to life," 23 June 2017 The Tacoma oarsmen, who subsidized their sport from their own pockets, finally decided to hand carry and row the eight-oar boat from one city to the other. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The boys in the boat on a 1967 mid-winter rowing mission return home," 21 June 2017 Everything was up to us from raising funds, repairing equipment, recruiting oarsmen, scheduling and hosting regattas. Bill Knight, The Seattle Times, "If you loved ‘The Boys in the Boat,’ don’t miss this tale of adventure," 16 June 2017 Others were more elaborate, showing a mast and sails and oarsmen. National Geographic, "Ancient Royal Boat Tomb Uncovered in Egypt," 7 Nov. 2016 And an oarsman’s arm is ripped off by a polar bear. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The North Water,’ a Journey to the Arctic Turns Cutthroat," 31 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of oarsman

1701, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oarsman

: a person who rows a boat especially as a member of a racing team


oars·​man | \ˈȯrz-mən \
plural oarsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of oarsman

: a person who rows a boat

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