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boatman

[boht-muh n] /ˈboʊt mən/
noun, plural boatmen.
1.
a person skilled in the use of small craft.
2.
a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
Also, boatsman.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; boat + -man
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  • Ted's heart pounds so that the boatman must surely feel it and take warning, must sense the islanders in the dark trees.
  • He chucks it all and finally, with the aid of an old boatman, he finds what he is seeking in the river as a metaphor of life.
  • The uneducated former boatman was not actually illiterate, though he wrote phonetically.
  • The boatman managed to put us ashore on a huge pile of rocks.
  • Water boatman collect tiny algae particles for food.
  • While seeking a throw-line, the boatman could hear her weakening calls for help.
  • He was chosen for his skill as a boatman coupled with his ability to read and write.
  • The darkly clad figure of the boatman looms large in the foreground, almost appearing to project out of the canvas.
British Dictionary definitions for boatman

boatman

/ˈbəʊtmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
2.
short for water boatman
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