Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. adult linkboy; one bearing a torch or light
  • n. Player who uses speed and dexterity to keep an attacking team's downfield progress fluid.
  • n. A man who acts as a link or connection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man employed to carry a link or torch to light passengers. See linkboy.

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

  • n. (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets

Etymologies

link 'torch, light' + man 'servant' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I expected, I think, to see the dreaded figure of the linkman.

    Uncle Silas

  • Garric had rented a lantern at the Captain's Rest, but he hadn't bothered to hire a linkman to guide him and Tenoctris back to the Red Ox because he had a good sense of direction and the recollections of King Carus besides.

    Lord of the Isles

  • I found my linkman leaning against a post and laughing heartily.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • There was ample room for me to pass between him and the wall, which was also the courteous thing to do; but as soon as my linkman had passed him, he shot clean in my way.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • Now, if it hadn't been for FANNY, I-- Where's that linkman?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, March 7, 1891

  • A hostess, so someone may say, has but to invite her friends, to light her rooms, to spread her tables, to set the champagne flowing, to order an awning, and to hire music and a linkman, and the thing is done.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, April 18, 1891

  • London, such friends as my Lord Comyn and Mr. Walpole, whose great father he had once had the distinction to serve as linkman, all would have been well.

    Richard Carvel — Volume 05

  • I am stopping the way, and the linkman is getting quite excited over it. '

    The Talking Horse And Other Tales

  • The doors were just being shut by the linkman when a little figure in a white cloak flew down the steps of the house and held up a hand to the driver of the hansom.

    The Marriage of William Ashe

  • So that it sometimes happened the dead-carts were found without driver, linkman, or bell-man.

    Royalty Restored

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