[lahy-ter-muh n]

noun, plural light·er·men.

a person who navigates a lighter.

Origin of lighterman

First recorded in 1550–60; lighter2 + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lighterman

Historical Examples of lighterman

  • As a lighterman he did better, until the building of a wharf ruined his business.

    By-Ways of War

    James Jeffrey Roche

  • "That's me," said the lighterman, as he pushed his unwieldy craft from the jetty.

    His Other Self

    W.W. Jacobs

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

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

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