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  • n. a gate keeper

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gate keeper; a gate tender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The person who has charge of the opening and shutting of a gate.
  • n. The porter who attends to the gate at the entrance to a mansion, institution, etc.
  • n. The person in charge of a gate at a level crossing on a railroad.
  • n. The lessee or collector at a toll-gate.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • From the gateman who won't let you into an office until you put your hands in your pocket to give him a tip, to the head of a government parastatal who demands a cut for a contract, it's all corruption.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • There he lived on beer and jerky didn't often speak to people did his shifts as quarry gateman earned enough to stock his cooler didn't ask a lot of questions not the sort to get distracted some might call him simple-minded


  • "I suppose I can come in now," she says calmly to the bow-tied gateman.

    Society Meets The Sixties

  • A tiny hut that looks abandoned gives up the little gateman, who steps outside, smiles, and holds the key to the hefty padlock.

    San Blas, Nayarit

  • He trots into Schlesinger's office, gets a release from his contract, drives to Warner's studio, eludes the gateman, crashes a busy sound stage, is tossed out on his ear and after some further disillusionments finds himself back at his old job and glad to be there.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • According to reports reaching Nagpur on Monday, around 50 masked Naxalites stormed the area and forced one Mohd Salim, the gateman, to give them the signal light and red flag.

    Naxalites strike again, this time in Maharashtra

  • Zanders led the way through a dark, somber hall, wide and high-ceiled, to a farther gate, where a second gateman, trifling with a large key, unlocked a barred door at his bidding.

    The Financier

  • This morning, both musicians and dancer left - and were seen leaving by a gateman one responsible citizen had thought to check this.

    A Body In The Bath House

  • The startled gateman nearly jumped out of his sandals.

    Water Sleeps

  • Good old One-Eye had sent our last two men, the barely competent Pooch and Spiff, to assassinate Adoo the gateman because Murgen had been able to determine that it had been he who had caused all the excitement at the library.

    Water Sleeps


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