[boht-muh n]

noun, plural boat·men.

a person skilled in the use of small craft.
a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.

Also boatsman.

Origin of boatman

First recorded in 1505–15; boat + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for boatman

ferryman, oar, gondolier

Examples from the Web for boatman

Historical Examples of boatman

  • Nodding to the boatman, "The Steen landing—quickly," he said in French.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But, if you will please to see if my boatman is there, I shall be obliged to you.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I paid six florins in gold to the boatman who took me from Bamberg to Frankfurt.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • He stood ready to receive and deliver it to the boatman who had landed below.

  • His voice had suddenly become cold, and he signed to his boatman.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for boatman


noun plural -men

a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
short for water boatman
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