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teamster

Noun

1 the driver of a team of horses doing hauling
2 someone who drives a truck as an occupation [syn: trucker, truck driver]

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English

Etymology

team + -ster

Pronunciation

(US) IPA: /ˈtiːmstər/

Noun

  1. a person who drives a team of animals (such as horses or oxen)

Proper noun

Teamster (plural Teamsters)
  1. a member of the Teamsters labour union, usually a truck driver
driver of oxen

Extensive Definition

In American English, teamster means a truck driver. The labor union named after them is the Teamsters.
Originally the term referred to a person who drove a team of draft animals, usually a wagon drawn by oxen, horses or mules. A teamster might also drive pack animals such as a muletrain, in which case he was also known as a muleteer or muleskinner. Another name is a bullwhacker. In Australian English a teamster was also known as a bullocker or bullocky.
This term was commonly used during the US/Mexican and Indian wars throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries on the American frontier.

References

"Macquarie Dictionary" 2nd edition, 1991
teamster in Swedish: Teamsters

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Jehu, Sunday driver, backseat driver, bullwhacker, bus driver, busman, cabby, cabdriver, cabman, cameleer, carter, cartman, charioteer, chauffeur, coachman, coachy, cocher, cochero, drayman, driver, elephant driver, gharry-wallah, hack, hackdriver, hackman, hacky, harness racer, hit-and-run driver, jitney driver, joyrider, mahout, motorist, mule skinner, muleteer, reinsman, road hog, skinner, speeder, stage coachman, taxidriver, truck driver, trucker, truckman, vetturino, voiturier, wagoner, wagonman, whip
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