oars·​man | \ ˈȯrz-mən How to pronounce oarsman (audio) \

Definition of oarsman

: one who rows especially in a racing crew

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oarsmanship \ ˈȯrz-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce oarsman (audio) \ noun

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Examples of oarsman in a Sentence

the only oarsman in a rowboat designed for two
Recent Examples on the Web Yale oarsman James Whiton came up with the idea for the regatta and worked with James N. Elkins, the superintendent of the Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroad to set up the race in New Hampshire. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The inaugural race between the Ivy League schools was held on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire after a Yale oarsman from the state struck a marketing deal with a regional railroad line looking to boost ridership. Holly Ramer, Hartford Courant, 21 Apr. 2022 The oarsmen who have come to Yale these last several years have done so with a mission - to put Harvard’s decades of dominance in the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic contest to rest. Dom Amore, courant.com, 8 June 2019 The Godzilla wave loomed, followed by a maelstrom called the Maytag — perennial perils that the experienced oarsmen anticipated. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 23 June 2019 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, 4 June 2018 If your accelerator foot gets heavier, the engine is fired up and seamlessly joins the electric oarsman. Al Haas, Philly.com, 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, 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, 21 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of oarsman

1701, in the meaning defined above

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“Oarsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oarsman. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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oars·​man | \ ˈȯrz-mən How to pronounce oarsman (audio) \
plural oarsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of oarsman

: a person who rows a boat


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