wheel·​man | \ ˈhwēl-mən How to pronounce wheelman (audio) , ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelman

1a : helmsman
b : the driver of an automobile
2 : cyclist

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for wheelman


automobilist, driver, motorist



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of wheelman in a Sentence

we'll need someone to be our wheelman for the heist

Recent Examples on the Web

Bowyer is a veteran wheelman who for the past year has been driving for a top team in Stewart-Haas Racing under the tutelage of a solid crew chief in Mike Bugarewicz. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Clint Bowyer breaks through with Father-Son moment for the ages," 27 Mar. 2018 There may be no better wheelman for the I.D. R than Romain Dumas, a current Porsche factory driver, winner of the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Audi R15, and a three-time Pikes Peak champion who holds the second-fastest time up the mountain. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen I.D. R Electric Racer to Tackle Pikes Peak Hill Climb," 19 Mar. 2018 While cops arrive to arrest them, the wheelman is to take the money to a drop location nearby. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wheelman': Film Review | Fantastic Fest 2017," 25 Sep. 2017 Stenhouse was in position to win Sunday in the closing laps but faced considerable opposition — notably from one of the sport’s best wheelmen, Kyle Busch — in the dangerous Talladega draft. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Breakthrough win at Talladega changes Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s long-term outlook," 8 May 2017 The wheelman stood behind Captain Ross, clutching a surprisingly tiny, computerized steering wheel. Porter Fox, New York Times, "From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea," 19 Aug. 2016 Baby is an expert wheelman employed by Doc (Kevin Spacey), a shadowy crime king specializing in impossible heists. Robert W. Butler, kansascity.com, "‘Baby Driver’ revs up the adrenaline, and the pop tunes, too," 26 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wheelman.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wheelman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wheelman

Statistics for wheelman

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wheelman

The first known use of wheelman was in 1865

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on wheelman

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wheelman

Comments on wheelman

What made you want to look up wheelman? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!