- a person skilled in the use of small craft.
- a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
Origin of boatman
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Examples from the Web for boatman
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
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
- a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
- short for water boatman
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