[ rafts-muhn, rahfts- ]

noun,plural rafts·men.
  1. a person who manages or is employed on a raft.

Origin of raftsman

First recorded in 1770–80; raft1 + 's1 + -man

Words Nearby raftsman

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How to use raftsman in a sentence

  • He was elected, not because he was a raftsman, but because the Democrats of that day outnumbered the Whigs.

    The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
  • However, Antonio proved a most expert raftsman, being almost amphibious and smart as any eel.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
  • He had been a raftsman, and was reputed to be the most daring of those little-known watermen at flood-times and in the early thaw.

    The Vultures | Henry Seton Merriman
  • Then he fired up, mad-like, and talked about the grey mare of hisn being able to pull a oar as good as any raftsman.

    Ande Trembath | Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • Both of the men were inexperienced, one being a raftsman who came down the river, and the other a man from Vicksburg.