spear·​man ˈspir-mən How to pronounce spearman (audio)
: a person armed with a spear

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And while the lone spearman's attack may have been futile at the time, the tactic has been since been vindicated by history. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 14 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spearman was in the 14th century

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“Spearman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spearman. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


spear·​man ˈspi(ə)r-mən How to pronounce spearman (audio)
: a soldier armed with a spear

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