- (in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
- a highly skilled male swimmer.
Origin of merman
- EthelEthel Agnes Zimmerman, 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
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Examples from the Web for merman
Playing an aging superhero named Merman (with sidekick Barnacle Boy), Borgnine takes on the “champion of the deep.”The Best of Ernest Borgnine: ‘Marty,’ ‘McHale’s Navy’ & More (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
July 9, 2012
He yelled and swam lustily like a merman, keeping up with the ship.Youth
I've grown a tail if you will; I'm the merman wandering free.The Tragic Muse
It is called "The Bell's Hollow," and there dwells the merman.The Sand-Hills of Jutland
Hans Christian Andersen
In spite of all their efforts they could not teach the merman to speak.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
Her mother, in a rage, wishes that the merman may fetch her.
- a male counterpart of the mermaid
C17: see mermaid
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Word Origin and History for merman
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