link +‎ -man. See link (torch, light).


linkman (plural linkmen)

  1. An adult linkboy; one bearing a torch or light.
    Synonym: torchbearer
  2. (rugby) A player who uses speed and dexterity to keep an attacking team's downfield progress fluid.
  3. A man who acts as a link or connection.
    • 1997, Girja Kumar, The book on trial: fundamentalism and censorship in India (page 115)
      Sajjad Zaheer was the linkman with the literary community on behalf of the nascent communist movement of India.
  4. (broadcasting) A presenter who provides the connecting verbiage between a number of separate items in a broadcast.


  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967