- a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water.
- a ferryboat.
- a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, especially the delivery of airplanes to an overseas purchaser or base of operations.
- the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc., and to charge for the service.
- to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.
- to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery.
- to go in a ferry.
Origin of ferry
Examples from the Web for ferried
She had ferried more than McConville to secret graves, and the burden of what she had done took its toll.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust
May 1, 2014
Unlike other students, however, he was ferried to the train station in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover.Prince William Races Home From Cambridge To Be By Kate's Side on Her Birthday
January 10, 2014
That protective security bubble that has kept watch over you night and day and ferried you from city to city will be punctured.What It Feels Like to Lose a Presidential Election
November 5, 2012
Howard Junior was tended by an army of servants and ferried to and from school in a limousine.The Man Behind Proposition 8
November 3, 2008
Johnnie Challn ferried us across the river in two instalments.
This we ferried by means of the bark canoe carried on the shoulders of Tawabinisy.
He'd ferried me down to the hilltop in the long shadows of early morning.Attrition
The tourists are ferried over, as also are the donkeys on which the tourists ride.The Bertrams
Behold they have been ferried over Styx, and have passed away into limbo.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
- Also called: ferryboat a vessel for transporting passengers and usually vehicles across a body of water, esp as a regular service
- such a service
- (in combination)a ferryman
- a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
- the act or method of delivering aircraft by flying them to their destination
- to transport or go by ferry
- to deliver (an aircraft) by flying it to its destination
- (tr) to convey (passengers, goods, etc)the guests were ferried to the church in taxis
Word Origin and History for ferried
early 15c., "a passage over a river," from Old Norse ferju- "passage across water," ultimately from the same Germanic root as ferry (v.). The modern noun (1580s) is a shortening of ferry boat (mid-15c.).
Old English ferian "to carry, convey, bring, transport," from Proto-Germanic *farjanan (cf. Old Frisian feria "carry, transport," Old Norse ferja "to pass over, to ferry," Gothic farjan "travel by boat"), from PIE *per- "going, passage." Related to fare (v.). Related: Ferried; ferries; ferrying.