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[rafts-muh n, rahfts-]
noun, plural rafts·men.
  1. a person who manages or is employed on a raft.
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Origin of raftsman

First recorded in 1770–80; raft1 + 's1 + -man
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for raftsman

Historical Examples

  • It amounted to something being a raftsman on such a craft as that.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • New thoughts and aims came into the mind of the raftsman's daughter.

  • 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

  • The raftsman looked pityingly in the haggard face of the speaker—the face which a year ago was so bright and boyish.

  • Holding her hand, which was all the caress the presence of strangers would permit, Philip turned to the raftsman.