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[fer-ee-muh n] /ˈfɛr i mən/
noun, plural ferrymen.
a person who owns or operates a ferry.
Origin of ferryman
late Middle English
First recorded in 1425-75, ferryman is from the late Middle English word feryman. See ferry, man1
Related forms
subferryman, noun, plural subferrymen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ferryman emerged from the willows and stepped into his boat.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • "Just time to do it by the skin of your teeth, Capt'n," shouted the ferryman.

  • "And well you may be with the gallows waiting for you at Rennes," growled the ferryman.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The ferryman could only talk Dutch, and so Mr. George could not ask him what was to pay.

    Rollo in Holland Jacob Abbott
  • Pence Oiler, the ferryman, sat in the corner puffing at a cob pipe.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis
  • The ferryman took his pipe from his mouth 86 and regarded the party quizzically.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • The ferryman placed his pipe on the ground with the greatest composure.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Edward Robins
  • I hoped I had made it clear that after this week you cease to be ferryman.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But it was not to retire for the night that the ferryman entered his dormitory.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • A gruff Hollander by the name of Peter Houter was the ferryman.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader

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