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[waw-ter-muh n, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tər mən, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun, plural watermen.
a person who manages or works on a boat; boatman.
a person skilled in rowing or boating.
Chesapeake Bay Area. a person with a general license to take any legal catch of fish and shellfish in Chesapeake Bay.
Origin of waterman
1350-1400; Middle English; see water, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the Wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • He heard all about it from waterman—the easy-going, indolent waterman.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Happening to look up, he saw waterman coming along the road towards him.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Paul could see that it was not altogether a question of comfort with waterman.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • "I think the least you say about it the better, Amzi," said Mrs. waterman witheringly.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Reaching the schoolhouse door, he met waterman coming from it.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • "You must also remember that you boys are getting into the finest kind of physical shape," said Mr. waterman.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
British Dictionary definitions for waterman


noun (pl) -men
a skilled boatman
Derived Forms
watermanship, noun
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