mailman etymology

English word mailman comes from English man, English mail

Detailed word origin of mailman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
man English (eng) Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man. (Multicultural London English, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.. (collective) All human males collectively: mankind.. (collective) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.). (historical) [...]
mail English (eng) (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.. (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.. (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal rings or plates linked together.. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc. (transitive) To contact (a [...]
mailman English (eng) (North America) someone (implied male) who delivers mail to, and/or collects mail from, residential or commercial addresses, or from public mailboxes.

Words with the same origin as mailman

Descendants of man
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