Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who works at a desk, especially a newspaper writer.

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  • n. A subeditor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the police sergeant on duty in a police station

Etymologies

desk +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And a deskman who doesn't notice when nine kids pile into Room 213 with enough beer to fuel a frat house.

    Sunday Reading

  • The deskman replied that he couldn't be sure, but that he suspected some of the people loitering in the coffee shop across the street were members of the press.

    Grave Surprise

  • An AP deskman, asked about the meaning of touts atop the wire service article about welfare-to-work, quickly replied, “It means ‘speaks in favor of.’”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • We complained about it, the deskman was apologetic, and here we are.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • “I already talked to the police,” the deskman said.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • They stood in front of the night deskman, who ran Felix's credit card.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • “I hope the rest of your stay is as good,” the deskman said.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • The deskman watched the couple for a moment and then picked up a phone.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • “We've just been to see Scarlet A,” the women said, nearly in unison, to the deskman once they were inside.

    KILLING COUSINS

  • The doorman came in and stood with Alexei, the deskman.

    KILLING COUSINS

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