Definition of roundsman in English:


nounPlural roundsmen

  • 1British A trader's employee who goes round delivering and taking orders.

    ‘a milk roundsman’
    North American term route man
    • ‘Technology has also transformed the working life of a roundsman.’
    • ‘He was employed as a roundsman to drive his float round his round and to deliver milk, to collect empties and to obtain payment.’
    • ‘The roundsmen raced from house to house, arms laden with milk bottles, while the horses ambled steadily forwards.’
    • ‘A milk roundsman who canvassed his employer's customers on his last day to give their business to him thereafter was held to have broken his contract.’
    shopkeeper, retailer, vendor, merchant, dealer, trader, supplier, stockist
    View synonyms
  • 2US A police officer in charge of a patrol.

    • ‘What has been ‘produced’ since 1970 is a stupendous reduction that no cop or police roundsman doing Sunday morning ‘intrusions’ at the homes of the bereaved in 1970 would have thought possible.’
    • ‘The woman who lost two husbands and two sons to violent deaths has now come across another formidable foe in this legendary police roundsman.’
    • ‘Contrary to instructions, this roundsman chose to do what he was employed to do in an improper way.’
  • 3Australian A journalist covering a specified subject.

    • ‘Formerly the Education roundsman for The Sydney Morning Herald, he also edited the Saturday edition and co-ordinated the paper's Olympics coverage.’
    • ‘ABC Radio's Sydney newsroom is still without an industrial relations reporter, more than two months after its roundsman left the job.’