loodsman

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lodesman, from Old English lādmann (guide). The first part lād (journey), from Proto-Germanic *laidō, the second part mann (man), from Proto-Germanic *mann-. In modern usage, the word is commonly analysed as loods +‎ man, but the word loods is historically a back-formation from this word.

Noun[edit]

loodsman m (plural loodsmannen, diminutive loodsmannetje n)

  1. (navigation) pilot, expert who helps navigate to the harbor or coast
  2. (by extension) guide

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