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  • n. A man who keeps ward; a guard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who keeps ward; a guard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who keeps watch and ward; a guard.


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  • Namely, one that isn't "being a wardsman" as he called me, and "telling stories to kids".

    Ada Lovelace Day

  • Coarse curtains screened portions of the room and, in fact, subdivided it into small apartments, which were rented by those among the confines who were opulent enough to afford the payment of what Trapbois would have called “a fair con-sid-e-ra-tion” for it in the shape of a weekly rent to the wardsman for such an indulgence.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • "I will give you a certificate as a competent wardsman if ever you want one," she said to Carew as he helped her out of the buggy.

    Outback Marriage, an : a story of Australian life

  • He's a scholar, and could get to be a wardsman in the infirmary, or medicine factotum for the croaker, or maybe book-keeper for the governor.

    A Son of Hagar A Romance of Our Time

  • He was a young man, by trade a tanner, somewhat better mannered than his wardsman, but not of much better judgment.

    The History of Thomas Ellwood Written by Himself

  • The sound of their footsteps aroused the beggar, who seeing a Samurai and a wardsman pointing at him, and evidently speaking about him, thought that their consultation could bode him no good.

    Tales of Old Japan

  • Gompachi, little dreaming that any one was following him, swaggered along the street until he fell in with a wardsman, whom he cut down and robbed; but the booty proving small, he waited for a second chance, and, seeing a light moving in the distance, hid himself in the shadow of a large tub for catching rain-water till the bearer of the lantern should come up.

    Tales of Old Japan

  • "No, sir, I have no friends there; but as in two years I shall be able to return to my own country, and re-enter my lord's service, I thought during that time to engage in trade and live as a common wardsman."

    Tales of Old Japan

  • "However, if you will excuse my boldness in making such an offer, being but a wardsman, until you shall have taken service I would fain place my poor house at your disposal."

    Tales of Old Japan

  • They then, like the 'prentices of Old London, played a considerable part in the society of the great cities, and that man was lucky, were he gentle Samurai or simple wardsman, who could claim the

    Tales of Old Japan


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