dirtman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dirt +‎ -man

Noun[edit]

dirtman (plural dirtmen)

  1. (obsolete) A garbage man.
    • 1934, In re Gordon & Gelberg, 69 F.2d 81, 83 (2d Cir. N.Y. 1934):
      It is quite clear from the testimony of the foreman that the books directed to be turned over by the order below were in fact given to a dirtman who was paid for taking the "stuff" away.
    • 1862, William Makespeace Thayer, The home monthly: devoted to home education, literature, and religion, p. 133:
      The gate was open a little while for the dirtman, and I haven't seen anybody else about.
    • 1851, George Adams, The Boston Directory, p. 12:
      All complaints of neglect of the scavengers or dirtmen, may be made at the Health Office, City Hall.
  2. A figure of a man made from dirt.