[ fer-ee ]
/ ˈfɛr i /

noun, plural fer·ries.

verb (used with object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.

to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.
to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery.

verb (used without object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.

to go in a ferry.

Nearby words

  1. ferrugination,
  2. ferruginous,
  3. ferruginous duck,
  4. ferrule,
  5. ferrum,
  6. ferry bridge,
  7. ferryboat,
  8. ferryman,
  9. fertigate,
  10. fertile

Origin of ferry

before 1150; Middle English ferien, Old English ferian to carry; cognate with Old Norse ferja, Gothic farjan; akin to fare

Related formsun·fer·ried, adjective

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/ (ˈfɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called: ferryboat a vessel for transporting passengers and usually vehicles across a body of water, esp as a regular service
  1. such a service
  2. (in combination)a ferryman
a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
the act or method of delivering aircraft by flying them to their destination

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

Word Origin for ferry

Old English ferian to carry, bring; related to Old Norse ferja to transport, Gothic farjan; see fare

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