from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A police officer in charge of several other officers.
  • noun One, such as a delivery person, who makes rounds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A police officer, of a rank above patrolmen and below sergeants, who goes the rounds within a prescribed district to see that the patrolmen or ordinary policemen attend to their duties properly, and to aid them in case of necessity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A patrolman; also, a policeman who acts as an inspector over the rounds of the patrolmen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A worker who makes rounds, especially in order to deliver goods

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a workman employed to make rounds (to deliver goods or make inspections or so on)


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  • Miraculously, no one was in the weeds; the roundsman, who stepped in wherever he was needed, did his job seamlessly; orders came up on time; the front and back of the house were perfectly in sync.

    Georgia’s Kitchen Jenny Nelson 2010

  • As he stepped warily onto the doorstep, I brought in the pint of milk the roundsman left every morning, and the Oxford Times that lay beside it.

    Slaying is Such Sweet Sorrow Patricia Harwin 2005

  • Some day, when The Dutchman was dead, he would write a book and he possessed secrets that no roundsman could even guess at.

    Autumn Maze Cleary, Jon, 1917- 1994

  • Roosevelt had ordered every patrolman and roundsman to take down the names on every doctor's shingle on his beat.

    The Lunatic Fringe DeAndrea, William L. 1980

  • One was that of an old fellow, a veteran of the Civil War, who was a roundsman.

    Theodore Roosevelt and His Times Harold Howland

  • There was none of the loafing stride characteristic of the professional roundsman.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary Helen Fee

  • Because he was diseased with a consumption, Evan Roberts in his thirtieth year left over being a drapery assistant and had himself hired as a milk roundsman.

    My Neighbors Stories of the Welsh People Caradoc Evans

  • The Tenderloin lieutenant, roundsman and sergeant came in for about $100, $50 and $25 a week, while the common patrolman got what blackmail he could on his own account from the unhappy women of the street.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude Austin Bidwell

  • Milk roundsman: “A Jew don’t do no work, not the same as what an Englishman does.

    Anti-Semitism in Britain 1945

  • The fire-laddie, the ward executive, the wardman, the roundsman, the strong-arm squad, the third-degree, and other such objects of American devotion are unknown in England.

    Chapter 4. American and English Today. 2. Differences in Usage Henry Louis 1921


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