Definition of foreman in English:


Line breaks: fore|man
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːmən

noun (plural foremen)

1A male worker who supervises and directs other workers.
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  • 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.
supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, manageress, boss, team leader, line manager, controller; foreperson; Britishchargehand, captain, ganger; Scottishgrieve; South Africaninduna; in the Indian subcontinentmaistry
informal chief, head honcho, governor, super
British informal gaffer, guv'nor
North American informal ramrod, straw boss
Australian informal pannikin boss
2(In a law court) a person who presides over a jury and speaks on its behalf.
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  • 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).

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