Definition of one-man in English:



  • [attributive] Involving, done, or operated by only one person.

    ‘a one-man show’
    • ‘The first one-man car arrived in York in 1924, complete with change-giving machine.’
    • ‘It is not the one-man back room of a pub operation that characterises many comedy clubs.’
    • ‘Joyce had little support and an even poorer supply of ball and staging a one-man comeback was a bridge too far for him.’
    • ‘With the kind of face only a mother could love, Pettifer, this one-man show's twitching star, looks the part.’
    • ‘Subsequent years spent back in South Africa gave him material for his one-man shows while he continued recording.’
    • ‘Phil has now put together a one-man show that pays homage to his early heroes.’
    • ‘As well as the pub gigs, he's on the road a lot with a great, talented performer who does one-man theatre shows.’
    • ‘He organised his fourth one-man show at Calcutta in Artistry House in the year 1956.’
    • ‘Why else would a bus stop be built out other than to stop traffic flow while it piles up behind the buses, which are one-man operated?’
    • ‘Jones' one-man show started as early as the seventh minute when he kicked Wales ahead after Scotland went over the top at a ruck.’
    • ‘He now fronts his own one-man show and has made remarkable inroads into the local scene since November.’
    • ‘He says Africa needs to move beyond the days of one-man rule, and wants Ghana to be seen as a model.’
    • ‘Because he is nothing less than a one-man popular culture machine.’
    • ‘A veteran of one-man shows, he has always alternated between being a painter and a sculptor and a poet.’
    • ‘He was a one-man operation and so it was easier for him to evade scrutiny.’
    • ‘What was once a one-man operation now has four employees and several sub-contractors.’
    • ‘The strain shows in the vital areas of structure and, fatally for a one-man show, performance.’
    • ‘I am a one-man business offering a valuable service in a rural area.’
    • ‘I clamber into the one-man hull, perch on the edge, and the instructor hands me the main sheet and the tiller extension.’
    • ‘His droll manner disguises, but does not hide, an awesome dexterity and emotional delivery of his one-man set.’



/ˈwən ˌman/