lighterman

[ lahy-ter-muhn ]
/ ˈlaɪ tər mən /

noun, plural light·er·men.

a person who navigates a lighter.

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Origin of lighterman

First recorded in 1550–60; lighter2 + -man
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Example sentences from the Web for lighterman

  • The offensive antics of a lighterman in mid-stream, who nearly fell overboard in his efforts to attract his attention, he ignored.

  • He was the son of a lighterman, and for many years stood behind a counter and sold books.

    Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
  • "That's me," said the lighterman, as he pushed his unwieldy craft from the jetty.

    His Other Self|W.W. Jacobs
  • As a lighterman he did better, until the building of a wharf ruined his business.

    By-Ways of War|James Jeffrey Roche