Meaning of banksman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbaŋksmən/

nounplural noun banksmen

  • 1A worker at a building site who supervises the use of vehicles and heavy machinery.

    • ‘the driver had no banksman to help him before he reversed’
  • 2A person who works at the mouth of a mine shaft or pit, supervising the loading of coal and the lowering and raising of the cage.

    • ‘a banksman was at the top of the shaft’


Late 16th century (in banksman (sense 2)): from bank in the sense ‘area surrounding the top of a shaft or the mouth of a pit’ + man.