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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
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at water, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The page loitered behind, talking, as it seemed, to the waterman.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • That wouldn't be far for waterman to go after 'em, but do you think he'd do it?

  • This I learned from a waterman at the quays, who had helped to load their goods.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • For half-an-hour I could not say whether I was gaining on her, or my waterman on me.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Mrs. waterman laughed richly, and set her umbrella in the corner.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • He heard all about it from waterman—the easy-going, indolent waterman.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • It was very good of you to give me a helping hand just now, waterman.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for waterman


noun (pl) -men
a skilled boatman
Derived Forms
watermanship, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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