Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One whose business is emptying privies by night.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose business is emptying privies by night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is on duty at night, as a watchman.
  • n. A scavenger whose business is the cleaning of ash-pits and privies in the night.

Etymologies

night +‎ -man (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The libeller has said his say; the detectives who make a specialty of literary forgeries have proved their cases one and all; the judges of matter have spoken, and so have the critics of style; the distinguished author of _Nana_ has taken us into his confidence on the subject; we have heard from the lamented Granier and others as much as was to be heard on the question of plagiarism in general and the plagiarisms of Dumas in particular; and Mr. Percy Fitzgerald has done what he is pleased to designate the 'nightman's work' of analysing

    Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation

  • So please, just don't.god. people man, people. nightman yeah i agree TROLLS STAY OUT!

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  •  When he's finally able to ignore the throbbing, he bids goodbye and good riddance to Homeless (who is still muttering nonsense about the nightman) and finds the nearest pay phone.

    Small Potatoes

  • Because the nightman says that shaking hands are evil.

    Small Potatoes

  • But at Ace the nightman could not say where the missing boys had gone.

    Golden State

  • Walking around the streets of England, France, and most other European countries remained a distasteful business for some time, although it did give rise to the profession of being a nightman or scavenger, latter terms for a gongfermor.

    Flushed

  • I miss the goofy things we used to do in the middle of the night, the way we could talk for hours about nothing, I miss doing Paul Bunyan nightman with her.

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  • The nightman from the Something knew nothing either; he was snapping routine shots that would look like any other fire-scene photos.

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

  • Gomery; and in return Montgomery, who, allowing that as Watts was the lawfully begotten son of a respectable nightman of the name of Joseph

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • 'That the laystalls be removed as far as may be out of the city and common passages, and that no nightman or other be suffered to empty a vault into any garden near about the city.

    A Journal Of The Plague Year

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