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[waw-ter-muh n, wot-er-]
noun, plural wa·ter·men.
  1. a person who manages or works on a boat; boatman.
  2. a person skilled in rowing or boating.
  3. Chesapeake Bay Area. a person with a general license to take any legal catch of fish and shellfish in Chesapeake Bay.
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Origin of waterman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at water, man1
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Historical Examples of waterman

  • The page loitered behind, talking, as it seemed, to the waterman.

    The Midnight Queen

    May Agnes Fleming

  • That wouldn't be far for Waterman to go after 'em, but do you think he'd do it?

  • This I learned from a waterman at the quays, who had helped to load their goods.

  • For half-an-hour I could not say whether I was gaining on her, or my waterman on me.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Mrs. Waterman laughed richly, and set her umbrella in the corner.

British Dictionary definitions for waterman


noun plural -men
  1. a skilled boatman
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Derived Formswatermanship, noun
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