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[boht-muh n] /ˈboʊt mən/
noun, plural boatmen.
a person skilled in the use of small craft.
a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
Also, boatsman.
Origin of boatman
First recorded in 1505-15; boat + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nodding to the boatman, "The Steen landing—quickly," he said in French.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • But, if you will please to see if my boatman is there, I shall be obliged to you.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • I paid six florins in gold to the boatman who took me from Bamberg to Frankfurt.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • He stood ready to receive and deliver it to the boatman who had landed below.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • His voice had suddenly become cold, and he signed to his boatman.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Is the soul related to the body as sight to the eye, or as the boatman to his boat?

    Phaedo Plato
  • Such is the boatman's story, as related in the Diarium of Burchard.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • No boatman fears a Marlin as he does the true broadbill swordfish.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • This brought language from my boatman—well, to say the least, quite disrespectable.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • And I have reached a time in my experience of fishing where I want that kind of a boatman.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for boatman


noun (pl) -men
a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
short for water boatman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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