[ fer-ee-muhn ]
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noun,plural fer·ry·men.
  1. 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, man

Other words from ferryman

  • sub·fer·ry·man, noun, plural sub·fer·ry·men.

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How to use ferryman in a sentence

  • You think of the ferryman in the Middle Ages, who basically said, yeah, you got to pay me if you want to cross the river here or pay a bridge toll.

  • “Whenever we git there,” said Jimmy, pushing off the launch and waving his hand to the ferryman.

    Mr. Opp | Alice Hegan Rice
  • He merely repeated: "I'm the ferryman, and it's my business to carry people across the lake."

  • Looking at the ferryman more closely she saw that he had small eyes, a big nose, and a sharp chin.

  • In preparing a body for burial, the Greeks took a piece of money and put it into the mouth, to give to the ferryman Charon.

  • To begin with, a boat on a river is normally a vehicle of pleasure; but the ferryman's boat is a drudge.