[ waw-ter-muh n, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tər mən, ˈwɒt ər- /

noun, plural wa·ter·men.

a person who manages or works on a boat; boatman.
a person skilled in rowing or boating.
Chesapeake Bay Area. a person with a general license to take any legal catch of fish and shellfish in Chesapeake Bay.

Origin of waterman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at water, man1
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/ (ˈwɔːtəmən) /

noun plural -men

a skilled boatman

Derived Forms

watermanship, noun
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