Definition of foreman in English:

foreman

noun

  • 1A male worker who supervises and directs other workers.

    • ‘They were never the foreman, never the worker, always the guy that ordered stuff or coordinated stuff.’
    • ‘He has worked on the farm for 13 years and is now an assistant foreman who supervises crews that tend the vines.’
    • ‘Where once there were tiers of foremen, supervisors and department heads, Semler introduced a much smaller number of ‘co-ordinators’.’
    • ‘One superintendent, one supervisor, one foreman and eight hourly employees were terminated.’
    • ‘For management officials and industrial arbitrators, male aggression towards foremen and supervisors was far more serious than such behavior toward fellow workers.’
    • ‘A caste system resting on soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers mirrored a civilian stratification of workers, foremen, and managers.’
    • ‘In the past, a foreman or supervisor would keep watch over staff to ensure production in the factory was maintained.’
    • ‘He worked the floor, chatting up assembly workers, drilling foremen, all to get that extra fact that would edge the company forward.’
    • ‘About 500,000 Germans were drafted into the organization controlling foreign workers, from camp managers to foremen in charge of foreigners in a factory.’
    • ‘One week the men were shorthanded, so one of them who knew me to be a hard worker asked the foreman to send me over.’
    • ‘More often, workers and union committeemen verbally abused or threatened their foremen and supervisors.’
    • ‘This was a man who had been a foreman in the sewage industry and was responsible for the sewage system we now have in Dromintee.’
    • ‘The phrase ‘too many chefs spoil the broth’ may apply to 20-man committees or a glut of foremen and not enough workers, but rarely does actually apply to chefs.’
    • ‘Owners, project managers, foremen, and supervisors all go through an eight-hour training program.’
    • ‘Like women, the second-generation American-born men had moved slightly up the employment ladder to work as skilled and semi-skilled workers, foremen, or clerical workers.’
    • ‘As far as I know, one foreman and two other workers have made these charges.’
    • ‘Ideally your foreman or job supervisors should conduct your toolbox talks.’
    • ‘She's got a lot of hard workers and a foreman that makes sure things run smoothly for her when she's not there.’
    • ‘She believed he had not received sufficient supervision because the foreman had two trainees to look out for.’
    • ‘Only the job foreman or supervisor need to be knowledgeable and experienced.’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
    foreperson
    chargehand, captain, ganger
    grieve
    induna
    maistry
    chief, head honcho, governor, super
    gaffer, guv'nor
    ramrod, straw boss
    pannikin boss
    overman
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  • 2(in a law court) a person who presides over a jury and speaks on its behalf.

    • ‘When they appeared in the jury box, the foreman handed the judge a note.’
    • ‘After filling in the verdict, the jury foreman would then sign the issue paper on behalf of all the jurors.’
    • ‘A short retirement can reflect the compelling nature of the evidence, or equally the skill of the foreman in handling the jury's discussions.’
    • ‘As the verdicts were read by the jury foreman some of the defendants smiled, smirked and even giggled.’
    • ‘It was the foreman speaking on behalf of the jury, as I understand it, your Honour.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps suggested by Dutch voorman (compare with German Vormann).

Pronunciation:

foreman

/ˈfɔːmən/