One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A soldier responsible for firing rockets. Now chiefly historical.
2Chiefly Science Fiction. A person who pilots a rocket, especially into space.
3An expert in rocket science; a person who designs or builds rockets.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The London Magazine. From rocket + man.
rocket man/ˈrɒkɪt man/
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