Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An assistant to a churchwarden, one of whose duties is to collect offerings during a service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A party man; a partisan.
  • n. An assistant to the churchwarden; a questman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who takes sides or belongs to a side; a party-man or partizan.
  • n. In the Ch. of Eng., an assistant to a churchwarden; a deputy churchwarden.
  • n. In some parts of Great Britain, an assistant or assessor to a public civil officer.

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

  • n. (Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden; collects offerings of money in the church

Etymologies

Corruption of synod's man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As we rose from our knees one Sunday a sidesman said, ` Vicar, I wish you would pray for my boy.

    The Kneeling Christian

  • The sidesman gave him a prayer book and a hymn book, and he chose a seat towards the back, because the order of the service was still strange to him and from there he could see when other people knelt, and when they stood.

    On The Beach

  • When he began to make money, he went over to the Church and took the plate round at collecting time, and got to be a sidesman, and a trustee, and I don't know what all.

    VC — A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea

  • 'You're a sidesman and a trustee, and the Lord alone knows what all.

    VC — A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea

  • In the entrance, Miss Campanula had posted Sergeant Roper, of the Chipping Constabularly, and sidesman of St. Giles.

    Overture to Death

  • He managed to elude the solicitations of a sidesman and slip into a seat facing the aisle in the back row where he sat with his long hands clasped round his knee.

    Overture to Death

  • Evensong was half over when the preacher arrived, and the church being full Mark was given a chair by the sidesman in a dark corner, which presently became darker when Father Rowley went up into the pulpit, for all the lights were lowered except those above the preacher's head, and nothing was visible in the church except the luminous crucifix upon the High Altar.

    The Altar Steps

  • People spoke, when they spoke at all, in whispers, and John was so infected by the air of solemnity that when a small boy in the gallery began to call out "Acid drops or cigarettes!" he felt that a sidesman must appear from a pew and take the lad to the police-station for brawling in a sacred edifice.

    The Foolish Lovers

  • A sidesman, with an air of portentous gravity, as one who, in opening doors, performed an office more on behalf of the Deity than the worshippers, was usually at hand to usher the party in.

    Simon Called Peter

  • Very often, too, Nivens, the lawyer, who was a sidesman, and Mullins, the manager of the Exchange Bank, who was the chairman of the vestry, would come and take a look, at the figures.

    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

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