- 1. a suffix used in forming nouns denoting certain occupations, positions and functions, historically held predominantly by males, as fireman, chairman, policeman.
2. a suffix denoting a man who is an enthusiastic about or skilled in a specified activity, pursuit, etc., as bluesman.
Usage: Job titles formed with the suffix -man have been replaced in the interests of inclusive terminology. An initial attempt to replace -man with -person has left a few compound forms such as spokesperson and sportsperson but on the whole the move has been towards terms which avoid this awkwardness, such as from businessman to business executive, from fireman to firefighter.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.