Definitions

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  • n. A male whaler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man employed in the whale fishery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who whales; a whaler; especially, one engaged in the actual capture of whales, as distinguished from another indirectly concerned in the industry.

Etymologies

whale +‎ man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The “spouter, ” as the sailors call a whaleman, had sent out his main top-gallant mast and set the sail, and made signal for us to heave to.

    Chapter V. Cape Horn-A Visit

  • The "spouter," as the sailors call a whaleman, had sent out his main top-gallant mast and set the sail, and made signal for us to heave to.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • The "spouter," as the sailors call a whaleman, had sent up his main top-gallant mast and set the sail, and made signal for us to heave to.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • ` ` spouter, '' as the sailors call a whaleman, had sent up his main top-gallant mast and set the sail, and made signal for us to heave to.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • West; there was also the sea, and the Nantucket whaleman was the sea-going mountain man of his day, chasing the sperm whale into the distant corners of the Pacific Ocean.

    An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

  • In the past, the White House has flensed its turncoats with the expertise of a 19th century New England whaleman.

    Roberts: White House says 'not the Scott McClellan we knew'

  • When you take a look at the White House response to all of this, in the past, I said that they have flensed their opponents, their turncoats, with the skill of a New England whaleman.

    CNN Transcript May 28, 2008

  • Wiki remembered Mrs. Hemington's big blue eyes and pretty curls, and hoped she would have the sense not to choose a whaleman when she remarried.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • No: he desired a canoe like those of Nantucket, all the more congenial to him, being a whaleman, that like a whale-boat these coffin-canoes were without a keel; though that involved but uncertain steering, and much lee-way adown the dim ages.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • They told me in Nantucket, though it certainly seems a curious story, that when he sailed the old Categut whaleman, his crew, upon arriving home, were mostly all carried ashore to the hospital, sore exhausted and worn out.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

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  • Whalemen make the best boats' crews in the world for a long pull, but this landing was new to them, and, notwithstanding the examples they had had, they slewed round and were hove up-- boat, oars, and men-- all together, high and dry upon the sand.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 25

    September 9, 2008