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

  • n. A sailor.
  • n. A shipmaster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seaman or sailor; a mariner.
  • n. The master of a ship; shiplord.
  • n. A labourer on a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seaman, or sailor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seaman or sailor; a mariner.
  • n. The master of a ship.


From Middle English schipman, from Old English scipmann ("shipman, mariner, sailor, rower; one who goes on trading voyages; pirate"), equivalent to ship +‎ man. Cognate with Icelandic skipmaður, skipamaður ("shipman"). (Wiktionary)


  • He's no fred and rose west or harold shipman, he just made a childish phonecall.

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  • The voyage for me is almost over: I am in sight of port: like a good shipman, I have already sent down the lofty spars and housed the captious canvas in preparation for the long anchorage: I have little now to fear.

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  • Atlas' father is shipman with a murky and often absent influence on the child's life.

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  • He admitted to forcing himself on a Naval Academy mid-shipman and having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing his HIV infection.

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  • UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: The mother of three is accused of attacking shipman in the airport parking lot, burning her face with pepper sprayed.

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  • The tempest's mocking elf Points to the shipman thus the unseen shelf He strikes on, only when the timbers start.

    The Dark Tower

  • The shipman eyed him steadily, careful not to make any move toward the long knife in his belt.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • My name is Tito, licensed master-shipman of the ports of Argos.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • To be a good shipman meant mastering the countless minute but important elements of lifezone regulation, of pressures and flows, of servos and engines.

    Tides Of Light

  • A local shipman in Long Beach assures me that Mr. Florez, despite his forty years, is here

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