American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A police officer in charge of several other officers.
- n. One, such as a delivery person, who makes rounds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A police officer, of a rank above patrolmen and below sergeants, who goes the rounds within a prescribed district to see that the patrolmen or ordinary policemen attend to their duties properly, and to aid them in case of necessity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A patrolman; also, a policeman who acts as an inspector over the rounds of the patrolmen.
- n. a workman employed to make rounds (to deliver goods or make inspections or so on)
“Miraculously, no one was in the weeds; the roundsman, who stepped in wherever he was needed, did his job seamlessly; orders came up on time; the front and back of the house were perfectly in sync.”
“As he stepped warily onto the doorstep, I brought in the pint of milk the roundsman left every morning, and the Oxford Times that lay beside it.”
“Some day, when The Dutchman was dead, he would write a book and he possessed secrets that no roundsman could even guess at.”
“Roosevelt had ordered every patrolman and roundsman to take down the names on every doctor's shingle on his beat.”
“There was none of the loafing stride characteristic of the professional roundsman.”
“Because he was diseased with a consumption, Evan Roberts in his thirtieth year left over being a drapery assistant and had himself hired as a milk roundsman.”
“The Tenderloin lieutenant, roundsman and sergeant came in for about $100, $50 and $25 a week, while the common patrolman got what blackmail he could on his own account from the unhappy women of the street.”
“One was that of an old fellow, a veteran of the Civil War, who was a roundsman.”
“Milk roundsman: A Jew dont do no work, not the same as what an Englishman does.”
“The fire-laddie, the ward executive, the wardman, the roundsman, the strong-arm squad, the third-degree, and other such objects of American devotion are unknown in England.”
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