steers·​man ˈstirz-mən How to pronounce steersman (audio)
: one who steers : helmsman

Examples of steersman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teams must pay a $1,250 registration fee, which covers the cost of one practice session, the use of dragon boat equipment and a professional steersman during the race and practice. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2023 The festival will provide a steersman for all races. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2023 The steersman smiled, and pointed with his foot to where a short heavy cross-bow quarrel stuck quivering in the boards. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2020 One of the sighted paddlers is the steersman, acting as a rudder on courses filled with the narrow, 40-foot-long boats and their lateral support floats. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, 28 Aug. 2019 In addition to De Rama, Resor and Dill, the team includes Efrain Becerra Jr. and Suzanne Rouland (who is sighted), setting the pace in the front two seats, and competition steersman Rob Octavio. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steersman was before the 12th century

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“Steersman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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