Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chief drover of those who drive a herd of cattle.
  • n. The uppermost sawyer in a sawpit; a topman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief drover of those who drive a herd of cattle.
  • n. The uppermost sawyer in a saw pit; a topman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as topman, 2.
  • n. A chief or head cattle-drover; a foreman or bailiff.

Etymologies

tops +‎ -man? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr Anderson was in the middle of a deep discussion, when his topsman knocked at the door.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

  • There he is fixed; and the topsman, who is generally an adept at the business, dresses the foot.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

  • His was the good fortune to witness Sheppard's encounter with the topsman, and to shrive the battered soul of Jonathan Wild.

    A Book of Scoundrels

  • His was the good fortune to witness Sheppard's encounter with the topsman, and to shrive the battered soul of Jonathan

    A Book of Scoundrels

  • I shall never come to the scragging-post, unless you turn topsman, Dick

    Rookwood

  • Emeritus, very ancient Annandale cattle dealer, to topsman of an accidental cattle-drove on the highway (as reported by himself to

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • "Well, then," returned the ruffian, "to put you out o 'suspense, as the topsman remarked to poor Tom Sheppard, afore he turned him off, I'm come to make you an honourable proposal o' marriage.

    Jack Sheppard A Romance

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