[fer-ee-muh n]

noun, plural fer·ry·men.

a person who owns or operates a ferry.

Origin of ferryman

First recorded in 1425–75, ferryman is from the late Middle English word feryman. See ferry, man1
Related formssub·fer·ry·man, noun, plural sub·fer·ry·men.
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Related Words for ferryman

boatman, oar, gondolier

Examples from the Web for ferryman

Historical Examples of ferryman

  • The ferryman emerged from the willows and stepped into his boat.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • "Just time to do it by the skin of your teeth, Capt'n," shouted the ferryman.

  • "And well you may be with the gallows waiting for you at Rennes," growled the ferryman.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • The ferryman could only talk Dutch, and so Mr. George could not ask him what was to pay.

    Rollo in Holland

    Jacob Abbott

  • Pence Oiler, the ferryman, sat in the corner puffing at a cob pipe.

    Shawn of Skarrow

    James Tandy Ellis