Definition of roundsman in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈraʊn(d)zmən/

noun (plural roundsmen)

1British A trader’s employee who goes round delivering and taking orders: a milk roundsman
More example sentences
  • A milk roundsman who canvassed his employer's customers on his last day to give their business to him thereafter was held to have broken his contract.
  • He was employed as a roundsman to drive his float round his round and to deliver milk, to collect empties and to obtain payment.
  • The roundsmen raced from house to house, arms laden with milk bottles, while the horses ambled steadily forwards.
2US A police officer in charge of a patrol.
Example sentences
  • What has been ‘produced’ since 1970 is a stupendous reduction that no cop or police roundsman doing Sunday morning ‘intrusions’ at the homes of the bereaved in 1970 would have thought possible.
  • The woman who lost two husbands and two sons to violent deaths has now come across another formidable foe in this legendary police roundsman.
  • Contrary to instructions, this roundsman chose to do what he was employed to do in an improper way.
3Australian A journalist covering a specified subject.
Example sentences
  • ABC Radio's Sydney newsroom is still without an industrial relations reporter, more than two months after its roundsman left the job.
  • Formerly the Education roundsman for The Sydney Morning Herald, he also edited the Saturday edition and co-ordinated the paper's Olympics coverage.

Words that rhyme with roundsman

groundsman, groundsmen, roundsmen, townsman, townsmen

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: rounds|man

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.