Policeman vs Officer - What's the difference?

policeman | officer |


As nouns the difference between policeman and officer

is that policeman is a member of a police force, especially one who is male while officer is (senseid)one who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.

As a verb officer is

to supply with officers .

policeman

English

Noun

(policemen)
  • A member of a police force, especially one who is male.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman' s helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • (chemistry) A glass rod capped at one end with rubber, used in a chemistry laboratory for gravimetric analysis.
  • Synonyms

    * (member of a police force) See * (glass rod with rubber cap) rubber policeman

    Antonyms

    * policewoman

    Hypernyms

    * police officer

    Derived terms

    * sleeping policeman

    officer

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (senseid)One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (senseid)One who holds a public office.
  • (senseid)An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.
  • (senseid)(colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.
  • Derived terms

    * non-commissioned officer

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To supply with officers .
  • To command like an officer .
  • Synonyms

    * direct * conduct * manage