Definition of foreman in English:
noun (plural foremen)
1A worker, especially a man, who supervises and directs other workers.
- For management officials and industrial arbitrators, male aggression towards foremen and supervisors was far more serious than such behavior toward fellow workers.
- The phrase ‘too many chefs spoil the broth’ may apply to 20-man committees or a glut of foremen and not enough workers, but rarely does actually apply to chefs.
- They were never the foreman, never the worker, always the guy that ordered stuff or coordinated stuff.
1.1(In a court of law) a person, especially a man, who presides over a jury and speaks on its behalf.
- It was the foreman speaking on behalf of the jury, as I understand it, your Honour.
- A short retirement can reflect the compelling nature of the evidence, or equally the skill of the foreman in handling the jury's discussions.
- When they appeared in the jury box, the foreman handed the judge a note.
Middle English: perhaps suggested by Dutch voorman (compare with German Vormann).
Words that rhyme with foremanBormann, doorman, doormen, foremen, Mormon, Norman, storeman, storemen
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