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[boht-muh n] /ˈboʊt mən/
noun, plural boatmen.
a person skilled in the use of small craft.
a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
Also, boatsman.
Origin of boatman
1505-15; boat + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A mechanic, a tradesman, or a boatman makes the most solemn promise of service at a certain time.

  • He paid his boatman, when the yacht had been hailed, and in due time was transferred to her.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • The boatman obeys; first pulling the back stroke, then staying his craft against the current.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • But the boatman sleeps down at the village; and who else should come here at this hour?

    The Choice Edith Wharton
  • Wilt thou that he transport thee, / give all the boatman's due.

  • Creeping nearer, the Bradys now caught a good view of the boatman.

  • My boatman put on speed, and, as my boat is fast, it did not take us long to get somewhere near where this big fish broke.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • They landed on the Gravesend shore, and here the boatman lost sight of them.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Ben was there, and Richard began to question him, for Mr. Presby had intimated that the boatman was with him the night before.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • It was after this that we had providentially met the boatman, and had been safely led on board.

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for boatman


noun (pl) -men
a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
short for water boatman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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