noun, plural fer·ries.
verb (used with object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
verb (used without object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
- ferruginous duck,
- ferry bridge,
Origin of ferry
Examples from the Web for ferry
And earlier that day, the 43-year-old had earned the précis, breaking up a skirmish by the Staten Island Ferry.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was no trouble on the ferry as it reached Manhattan and a few of the passengers boarded the subway to the protest uptown.
As a precaution against a possible disturbance, the ferry was escorted by a police boat, its blue lights flashing.
Marine One will ferry him to JFK Airport, where Air Force One awaits.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job|Marc Ambinder|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For a more scenic journey, travel by ferry from Whittier or Valdez.
Down to Ferry Hill's twenty-five yards swept the line of battle, slowly, irrevocably.The Crimson Sweater|Ralph Henry Barbour
We fortified the post by an epaulement or two for cannon, high up on the hillside covering the ferry and the road up New River.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1|Jacob Dolson Cox
The boys had no more respect for a ferry pilot than they did an M.P.A Yankee Flier in Italy|Rutherford G. Montgomery
I sloped up one street and down another, going like a jack rabbit, till I found myself before a ferry boat.On the Lightship|Herman Knickerbocker Viel
How busy we were kept, and how much oftener I wrote to Ferry, and to Camille, than to my mother.The Cavalier|George Washington Cable
noun plural -ries
- such a service
- (in combination)a ferryman
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
Word Origin for ferry
Old English ferian "to carry, convey, bring, transport," from Proto-Germanic *farjanan (cf. Old Frisian feria "carry, transport," Old Norse ferja "to pass over, to ferry," Gothic farjan "travel by boat"), from PIE *per- "going, passage." Related to fare (v.). Related: Ferried; ferries; ferrying.
early 15c., "a passage over a river," from Old Norse ferju- "passage across water," ultimately from the same Germanic root as ferry (v.). The modern noun (1580s) is a shortening of ferry boat (mid-15c.).