from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who owns or manages a dairy.
  • noun A man who works in a dairy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun dairymen (-men). One who keeps cows for the production of milk and butter, and sometimes cheese, or one who attends to the sale of dairy produce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A man who keeps or takes care of a dairy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A man who works in a dairy, or who delivers dairy products.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the owner or manager of a dairy
  • noun a man who works in a dairy


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dairy +‎ man


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  • A half-gallon of whole milk in a glass bottle, please. Could you throw in a pint of sour cream, and a lb. of cottage cheese? (Yes, I grew up in a community when/where the dairyman delivered to the doorstep and placed the weekly/daily order in an aluminum box on the doorstep.)

    January 4, 2009

  • Wow! What about tits? Did they open your milk bottles?

    January 4, 2009

  • Alas, there were no tits, great, blue or otherwise in my country, so no milk bottles were opened by them. Despite this shortcoming, I do feel a certain measure of philopatry for the old home ground. Or is it patrophily?

    January 4, 2009

  • Milkman in England. Don't know if the connotations carry too…

    January 5, 2009

  • We had a milkman when I was young (in the middle of the last century) in my hometown in western PA, USA. What I remember is the metal box just outside the front door. "Nichols' Dairy," it said, in red script with a flourish under "Dairy." So did the glass bottles of milk, capped with paper lids, that would appear every couple of days. When you put your finger into the bottle, it came up coated with cream! We began to move around the country, and then the world after that. No more milkman -- but in Germany and Italy, we had bottled water, soda, and beer delivered regularly to the house. Interesting.

    January 5, 2009

  • All the milkmen, milkers, milk transport truckers, etc. were members of the local trade association called...wait for it...."The Dairymen's Association". Each had coveralls and winter coats tricked out with a neat logo patch and a patch with their first name embroidered upon it. My best friend's father Arnold had a name patch that read "Pete". The first of several "Pete" Pedersen (or Peterson/Petersen) I've run across in my time. It baffled me as a child that his work nickname was on his uniform, since my dad was in the National Guard and they'd never give him a patch with anything besides his surname.

    In truth, the fellow who left products on our doorstep was indeed called "the milkman", and the Wise Wordies have called out a distinction that my original post ignored. Perhaps my definition was colored by my knowledge of the Dairymen's Assoc. in my home town. Thanks Wordies for causing me to be more precise in my thinking and word listing!

    January 5, 2009