1A US cartoon, TV, and film character who develops special powers, such as great strength and the ability to cling to surfaces, after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
2British informal A person who works at great heights in building work.
- ‘The climbers were like spidermen, swiftly moving their bodies on the almost vertical man-made hills.’
- ‘After losing money in his orchard business for three years Chang became one of the spidermen mending slits at the top of the slope and building water channels.’
- ‘He is more like a spiderman in the modern concrete jungle of the city.’