- (in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
- a highly skilled male swimmer.
Origin of merman
- EthelEthel Agnes Zimmerman, 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
Related Words for mermangob, sailor, mate, skipper, seafarer, navigator, salt, pilot, midshipman, tar, middy, beachcomber, merman, cockswain, jacky
Examples from the Web for merman
Contemporary Examples of merman
Playing an aging superhero named Merman (with sidekick Barnacle Boy), Borgnine takes on the “champion of the deep.”The Best of Ernest Borgnine: ‘Marty,’ ‘McHale’s Navy’ & More (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast Video
July 9, 2012
Historical Examples of merman
He yelled and swam lustily like a merman, keeping up with the ship.Youth
I've grown a tail if you will; I'm the merman wandering free.The Tragic Muse
It is called "The Bell's Hollow," and there dwells the merman.The Sand-Hills of Jutland
Hans Christian Andersen
In spite of all their efforts they could not teach the merman to speak.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
She does not conform, and the merman comes and says that her son is crying for her.
- a male counterpart of the mermaid