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[oi-ster-muh n] /ˈɔɪ stər mən/
noun, plural oystermen.
a person who gathers, cultivates, or sells oysters.
a boat specially equipped for gathering oysters.
Also called oysterer.
Origin of oysterman
1545-55; oyster + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for oysterman
Historical Examples
  • He was owned by an oysterman by the name of Jos. Carter, who lived near Portsmouth.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • The cheerful motto of the oysterman is, "The muddier the water the fatter the oyster."

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
  • The best interests of the oysterman and the consumer demand a better method of regulation of this industry.

    A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
  • "That was the oysterman who passed us," said Milly, with a pale face.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • He also had been owned by the oysterman alluded to above; had been captain of one of his oyster-boats, until recently.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • And by sheer strength he forced the oysterman out of the room.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • He communicated the information to Gus and old Dan, and the oysterman went off to tidy up his boat for the trip.

    Radio Boys Loyalty Wayne Whipple
  • "I'd frighten him if I got hold of him," muttered the oysterman, with a villanous scowl.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • I wonder what sort of a woman you'd ever be fond of, oysterman!

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "That's the way they do us poor hard-working coves," grumbled the oysterman.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for oysterman


noun (mainly US) (pl) -men
a person who gathers, cultivates, or sells oysters
a boat used in gathering oysters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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