Definition of countryman in English:



  • 1A man living or born in a rural area.

    ‘he was a complete countryman, with a pronounced affinity with nature’
    • ‘The birds concerned were raised on a farm at Hillborough; a true countryman born and bred raised them.’
    • ‘I still like the story of the time when an old countryman met a bureaucrat down a country lane.’
    • ‘As a person who likes rustic charm, these fruits reminded me of countrymen who are ignorant of the ways of the world.’
    • ‘It's a countryman's broadside against misguided townie sentiment, and proof that the turkey industry is far from black-and-White.’
    • ‘A countryman at heart, he was nevertheless fascinated and appalled by the urban condition.’
    • ‘His oppressive office compelled the countrymen to bring their articles to market.’
    • ‘Micah, a simple countryman, was a native of a very poor village.’
    • ‘Perhaps the old countryman had an idea when he said: ‘Farmers should suck their own blood and cut out the supermarkets altogether.’’
    • ‘I'm proud of what I do, I'm a countryman.’
    • ‘The man in charge is a countryman through and through, who enjoys getting the country message across to visitors.’
    farmer, farmhand, country dweller, country cousin, son of the soil
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  • 2A person from the same country as someone else.

    ‘they trust a fellow countryman’
    • ‘A quarter of his countrymen depend on coffee for a living.’
    • ‘Have you ever wondered how stupid some of your fellow countrymen and women are?’
    • ‘So brothers, sisters, countrymen, join me and sing with your hearts.’
    • ‘However, many of his fellow countrymen detested him with just as much passion.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the behavior of a few scumbags reflects on their country and countrymen.’
    • ‘All right, say his defenders, how many of his fellow countrymen could do better?’
    • ‘Currently his countrymen have the lowest opinion of the EU and least confidence in it of all 25 member states.’
    • ‘I've never been as ashamed of my fellow countrymen as I was when I read this story.’
    • ‘How can someone like me pretend to know what life was and is like for the worst-off of my fellow countrymen?’
    • ‘Here, the exiled speaker asks a fellow countryman if the same pleasant breeze blows across the borders.’
    • ‘They kindled the fire of hatred in the young and innocent minds of the new generation against a particular section of their countrymen.’
    • ‘Last month he caused a stir among his countrymen when he called for universal access to antiretroviral drugs.’
    • ‘Making the comments showed a great deal of insensitivity to your fellow countrymen, and a lack of foresight of the repercussions of such statements.’
    • ‘Not all of his fellow countrymen, however, are impressed.’
    • ‘Many of us also have more in common with our fellow countrymen than with events in a far off country.’
    • ‘But how different everything becomes when our own countrymen are the wrongdoers.’
    • ‘When the war broke they flocked to help the South while their fellow countrymen flocked to the Northern armies.’
    • ‘The views of this writer are not necessarily those of her fellow countrymen / women’
    • ‘British men look in the mirror and they like what they see, according to a poll of more than 2,000 of our self-confident countrymen.’
    • ‘There can be absolutely no valid reason why my countrymen do not take pride in keeping their country clean.’
    compatriot, fellow citizen, fellow national, fellow countrywoman
    compatriot, fellow citizen, fellow national, fellow countryman
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