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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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

to transport or go by ferry
to deliver (an aircraft) by flying it to its destination
(tr) to convey (passengers, goods, etc)the guests were ferried to the church in taxis

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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