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[woo d-muh n] /ˈwʊd mən/
noun, plural woodmen.
woodsman (def 1).
a person who fells timber, especially for fuel.
  1. a forester having charge of the king's woods.
  2. a woodcutter.
  3. a dealer in wood, especially one who sells kindling wood.
Obsolete. a hunter of forest game.
Origin of woodman
before 1000; Middle English wodeman, Old English wudumann. See wood1, man1
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[woo d-muh n-kraft, -krahft] /ˈwʊd mənˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/ (Show IPA),
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  • Indeed, the occasional ring of the axe or the smoke rising from the woodman's fire accentuates the fact that it is a forest.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • You look as if you were goin' to recite—'woodman, spare that tree.'

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • To begin with, surely the first assumption is that the woodman's ax is used by the woodman.

    The Trees of Pride G.K. Chesterton
  • He had seen old Michel, the woodman, sitting so at evening many a time.

  • The axe of the woodman echoed but rarely through the gulfs, though many large trees lay felled by the roadside.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • woodman's protests carried him to imprisonment and the stake.

  • The Tin woodman cautiously put out one tin hand and felt of his double's arm.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • The woodman can pick it up any moment, and it will be useless to pray then.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
British Dictionary definitions for woodman


noun (pl) -men
a person who looks after and fells trees used for timber
another word for woodsman
(obsolete) a hunter who is knowledgeable about woods and the animals living in them
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