bowsman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bow +‎ -s- +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

bowsman (plural bowsmen)

  1. (nautical) A sailor who works in the bow of a vessel.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, chapter 72, in Moby Dick:
      “Being the savage's bowsman, that is, the person who pulled the bow-oar in his boat (the second one from forward), it was my cheerful duty to attend upon him while taking that hard-scrabble scramble upon the dead whale's back."