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helmsman

[helmz-muh n] /ˈhɛlmz mən/
noun, plural helmsmen.
1.
a person who steers a ship.
Origin of helmsman
1615-1625
1615-25; helm1 + 's1 + -man
Related forms
helmsmanship, noun
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  • Otto, beside the helmsman, was worrying him—neither with the weather, nor with the question of treasure.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He is, as Swinburne says, helmsman and chief: he is literally the Man at the Wheel.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The latter returned the fire from a wall piece, which, besides clearing the quarter-deck, killed the helmsman of the schooner.

  • The helmsman warned them that they were approaching another shore.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The helmsman who had bowed to her was slight and swarthy, with Southern eyes, vivacious manners, and a singularly melodious voice.

    Moods Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for helmsman

helmsman

/ˈhɛlmzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
the person at the helm who steers the ship; steersman
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Word Origin and History for helmsman
n.

1620s, from helm (n.1) + man (n.).

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