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  • n. The person in charge of a ship's engine room

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Examples

  • On the desk lay an amusing memorandum, which the Chief referred to jocularly as one of Mac's "works," anent some problem of whether the donkeyman was due certain overtime on a Sunday when the _Turrialba_ lay in Hampton Roads waiting for coal.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

  • "S'pose there's a gal mixed up in it some place, ain't there?" puts in the donkeyman to the restive Smitty, and the reply comes stiffly: "What makes you think so?"

    The Real Eugene O'Neil

  • In the stokehold the plump donkeyman toiled with his shovel mutely, as if his tongue had been cut out; but the second was carrying on like a noisy, undaunted maniac, who had preserved his skill in the art of stoking under a marine boiler.

    Typhoon, and other stories

  • The donkeyman, a dapper little chap with a dazzling fair skin and a tiny, gingery moustache, worked in a sort of mute transport.

    Typhoon, and other stories

  • But there — in those seas — the incident was rare enough to resemble a special arrangement of a malevolent providence, which, unless it had for its object the killing of a donkeyman and the bringing of worse than death upon Jim, appeared an utterly aimless piece of devilry.

    Lord Jim

  • But there -- in those seas -- the incident was rare enough to resemble a special arrangement of a malevolent providence, which, unless it had for its object the killing of a donkeyman and the bringing of worse than death upon Jim, appeared an utterly aimless piece of devilry.

    Lord Jim

  • Ford had got a berth as donkeyman on a tramp steamer, and that steamer had gone down with all hands off the Cape: a judgment, the widow woman feared, for long years of contumacy, which had culminated in the wickedness of taking to the sea, and taking to it as a donkeyman -- an immeasurable fall for a capable engine-fitter.

    Stories by English Authors: London (Selected by Scribners)

  • I’ll take on that chap. For it was in the back of their mind’s ear, temptive lissomer, how they would be spreading in quadriliberal their azurespotted fine attractable nets, their nansen nets, from Matt Senior to the thurrible mystagogue after him and from thence to the neighbour and that way to the puisny donkeyman and his crucifer’s cauda.

    Finnegans Wake

  • **** ugly slow mac that's unstable, has a time machine backup system that doesn't even last a year ... donkeyman on 14 Nov 2009 - 23: 36

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  • The donkeyman, a dapper little chap with a dazzling fair skin and a tiny, gingery moustache, worked in a sort of mute transport.

    - Conrad, Typhoon

    March 26, 2008

  • Is it a man? Is it a donkey? No! It's a worker in a ship's engine room.

    Seen in "Lord Jim" by Conrad.

    September 24, 2007