Definition of fugleman in English:


Line breaks: fugle|man
Pronunciation: /ˈfjuːg(ə)lmən

noun (plural fuglemen)

  • 1A soldier who stands in front of a regiment or company to demonstrate and maintain time in drilling exercises.
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    • The boat-songs were to give time to the paddlers in canoes, and were sung by directors or fuglemen of whom there were two in each large war-canoe, one near the bow and the other near the stern.
    • The manufactured praise accompanying Grohl, supplied by a corps of pro fuglemen who lead and escort the illustrious on his vanity venture, is grand.
    • The words of a haka are either sung by all the performers, or, in some cases, the fugleman leads off for a line or two and the others join in as a kind of chorus, as we have shown.
  • 1.1A leader, organizer, or spokesman: fuglemen of the ideological right
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    • A good deal of nonsense about the obsolescence of art is written by the less responsible fuglemen of science - communist science, bien entendu.
    • This is a question which, of course, nobody could answer, and which, in fact, the fuglemen of ‘affirmative action’ were, and still are, very unwilling to have asked in public.


early 19th century: from German Flügelmann 'leader of the file', from Flügel 'wing' + Mann 'man'.

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