Definition of ploughman in English:


(US plowman)


  • A person who uses a plough.

    • ‘Even the senior ploughmen found the grassland difficult enough to get the depth.’
    • ‘An earlier agricultural contest, the ploughing match, tested both the ploughman's skill and the plough's efficiency.’
    • ‘In, say, 12 th-century France, the ox behind which a man plowed a field changed, but otherwise the plowman was doing what generations of his ancestors had done and what generations of his descendants would do.’
    • ‘In fact, a sizeable number was left behind, including the poorest inhabitants of the land such as vinedressers, ploughmen, and artisans.’
    • ‘In their heyday in the Victorian era, these powerhouses of energy could plough 20 times faster than a horse-drawn ploughman and his team and were transported from farm to farm.’
    • ‘James was a hard-working farmer, who was a champion ploughman and cattle breeder.’
    • ‘Bill, who died following a long illness was a black smith by trade and an expert ploughman who won many ploughing competitions at county level as well as the All Ireland Ploughing Championship in Limerick in 1948.’
    • ‘With few marketable skills or capital upon their arrival, Irish men secured only a tenuous foothold in the province's secondary labour market, working as labourers, harvesters, ploughmen and general farm hands.’
    • ‘Taller than either Walter or Johen, and very thin, he did not look like Walter's mental image of a plowman, especially not one coming from a northern county.’
    • ‘Often listed with the number of ploughs, it has been assumed that most would have worked as ploughmen, domestic servants and dairymaids.’