Definition of foreman in English:

foreman

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has worked on the farm for 13 years and is now an assistant foreman who supervises crews that tend the vines.’
    • ‘For management officials and industrial arbitrators, male aggression towards foremen and supervisors was far more serious than such behavior toward fellow workers.’
    • ‘In the past, a foreman or supervisor would keep watch over staff to ensure production in the factory was maintained.’
    • ‘She's got a lot of hard workers and a foreman that makes sure things run smoothly for her when she's not there.’
    • ‘A caste system resting on soldiers, noncommissioned officers, and officers mirrored a civilian stratification of workers, foremen, and managers.’
    • ‘She believed he had not received sufficient supervision because the foreman had two trainees to look out for.’
    • ‘As far as I know, one foreman and two other workers have made these charges.’
    • ‘He worked the floor, chatting up assembly workers, drilling foremen, all to get that extra fact that would edge the company forward.’
    • ‘More often, workers and union committeemen verbally abused or threatened their foremen and supervisors.’
    • ‘They were never the foreman, never the worker, always the guy that ordered stuff or coordinated stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ideally your foreman or job supervisors should conduct your toolbox talks.’
    • ‘About 500,000 Germans were drafted into the organization controlling foreign workers, from camp managers to foremen in charge of foreigners in a factory.’
    • ‘Where once there were tiers of foremen, supervisors and department heads, Semler introduced a much smaller number of ‘co-ordinators’.’
    • ‘Only the job foreman or supervisor need to be knowledgeable and experienced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One superintendent, one supervisor, one foreman and eight hourly employees were terminated.’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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  • 2(in a law court) a person who presides over a jury and speaks on its behalf.

    • ‘It was the foreman speaking on behalf of the jury, as I understand it, your Honour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they appeared in the jury box, the foreman handed the judge a note.’
    • ‘As the verdicts were read by the jury foreman some of the defendants smiled, smirked and even giggled.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

foreman

/ˈfɔːmən/