afterguardsman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

afterguard +‎ -s- +‎ -man

Noun[edit]

afterguardsman (plural afterguardsmen)

  1. (historical, nautical) A member of the afterguard on a sailing ship
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 12, [1]
      "I found an afterguardsman in our part of the ship here and I bid him be off where he belongs."