wheel·​man ˈ(h)wēl-mən How to pronounce wheelman (audio)
: the driver of an automobile

Example Sentences

we'll need someone to be our wheelman for the heist
Recent Examples on the Web Fields is off to a miserably slow start through three games, ranked 32nd in the league in completions (23), passing yards (297) and passer rating (50.0) and the wheelman of a sputtering offense that ranks last in total yardage. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Blaney logged the most laps of any driver (39) and was second-best to the Hendrick Motorsports wheelman. Cole Cusumano, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2022 Soon Thomas is Igor’s wheelman and, increasingly, close confidant. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2022 The wheelman qualified for the Nascar Playoffs with a 14.4 average finish, but failed to win a race. Joseph Wolkin, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 In The Italian Job, Statham plays Handsome Rob, the ladies man and wheelman of the crew. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2019 There were many doubts about his ability to win after the move to Ganassi, but this performance on one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit should leave no doubt as to his abilities as a wheelman. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, 13 July 2019 Three days before Howze was to be sentenced, federal prosecutors accused him of orchestrating five new bank robberies from December to May, acting as the wheelman while a female acquaintance went into each establishment and demanded cash. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 7 June 2019 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, 27 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wheelman was in 1865

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“Wheelman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelman. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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