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[pleynz-muh n] /ˈpleɪnz mən/
noun, plural plainsmen.
an inhabitant of the plains.
Origin of plainsman
1795-1805; plain1 + -s3 + -man Unabridged
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  • He rode, she observed, like a centaur—flat-backed, firm in the saddle with the easy negligence of a plainsman.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • His cheeks were burned to a ruddy tan and his eyes were as clear as a plainsman's.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • He had the plainsman's sense of humor, and he laughed at himself.

  • Mary, seeing the dark, stern face of the plainsman, had some such thought also.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • He did these things quickly and without heroics, because he was a plainsman.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • There was epic largeness in the circuit of the plainsman's daring plans.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Harford, with the instinctive caution of the plainsman, pursued the subject no further.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • He claims to be from a 'high up' Southern family, but has been a plainsman since 1851.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • In a measure he was mystified, for the plainsman had never given him his full confidence with regard to Nevil.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • With the true instinct of a plainsman he turned to look for his Horse.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
British Dictionary definitions for plainsman


noun (pl) -men
a person who lives in a plains region, esp in the Great Plains of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plainsman

1858, from plains + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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