from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The skipper of a keel-boat or barge used around Newcastle, England.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun See
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- noun historical A
keeler; one who manages a coal boat.
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Between "keelish," "coblish" and "sheelish," the respective dialects of the north-country keelman, pilot and tradesman, he had at his command a source of supply unrivalled in vituperative richness, abundance and variety.
The wherryman, it is true, possessed a ripe vocabulary, but the fact that it embraced only a single dialect seriously handicapped him in his race with the keelman, who had no less than three to draw upon, all equally prolific.
Tyne keelman exempt from impress by levy -- the men supplied being obtained by them by bounties,
Thames watermen and Tyne keelmen in particular acquired an astounding proficiency in the choice and application of abusive epithets, but of the two the keelman carried off the palm.
The bull kept on pushing the tree; so the keelman tried a totally irrelevant supplication.
People who work on crowded waterways seem to acquire an extraordinary proficiency in the art of abuse, and in the said art a keelman is much superior to the Thames bargeman.
After the Saturday's drinking bout and incidental combat the keelman had Sunday in which to cultivate the graces.
The keelman was unprepared with an answer to this problem, but with characteristic flippancy he inquired, "Div ye knaw the conseekue of a keel losin 'her tide?"
The keelman has many points in common with the pitman.
The keelman is religious in his way, but his ideas lack lucidity.