noun, plural fer·ries.
verb (used with object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
verb (used without object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
Origin of ferry
Related Words for ferrybarge, ferryboat, tote, send, shuttle, lug, carry, ship, transport, chauffeur, packet, buck, run, bear, convey, pack, schlepp
Examples from the Web for ferry
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 4, 2014
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
October 2, 2014
For a more scenic journey, travel by ferry from Whittier or Valdez.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
Historical Examples of ferry
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.
He crossed the ferry and went to the hotel, where he shaved and freshened himself.
Then he told how he had met Mr Clennam at the ferry, and they had come over together.Little Dorrit
Quinn was fearless, daring, indefatigable; but Quinn was not Ferry.
Then Ferry called "Fours from the right, to march to the left--march!"
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.).