[fish-er-muh n]

noun, plural fish·er·men.

a person who fishes, whether for profit or pleasure.
a ship used in fishing.


Also fish·er·man's. of, relating to, or designating a knitting pattern consisting primarily of cable-stitches executed in a characteristically thick, traditionally off-white yarn, or a garment made in this pattern and yarn: a fisherman sweater.

Origin of fisherman

1400–50; late Middle English fissherman; see fisher, -man
Related formsnon·fish·er·man, noun, plural non·fish·er·men. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fishermen

trawler, fisher, lobsterman, troller, piscator, rodman

Examples from the Web for fishermen

Contemporary Examples of fishermen

Historical Examples of fishermen

  • The fishermen walked in the direction of the town, and disappeared.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The blow had driven in the fishermen, and we thought it wise to be governed by their experience.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Mr. COLE explained that it would be an enormous thing for fishermen.

  • The New Englanders were mainly farmers, hunters, and fishermen.

    The Nation in a Nutshell

    George Makepeace Towle

  • The 'Nixa' along the Baltic coast was once, however, much feared by the fishermen.


    Benjamin Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for fishermen


noun plural -men

a person who fishes as a profession or for sport
a vessel used for fishing
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