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[fer-ee-muh n] /ˈfɛr i mən/
noun, plural ferrymen.
a person who owns or operates a ferry.
Origin of ferryman
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English feryman. See ferry, man1
Related forms
subferryman, noun, plural subferrymen. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Astonished, as if he had been the object of a magic spell, the monk looked into the ferryman's eyes.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • The ferryman emerged from the willows and stepped into his boat.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • I asked where that could be crossed, but the ferryman of Oxlode did not know.

    Hills and the Sea H. Belloc
  • "Just time to do it by the skin of your teeth, Capt'n," shouted the ferryman.

  • He whose turn it is among the dwellers on the coast to be ferryman hears at midnight a knocking at his door and a muffled voice.

  • "And well you may be with the gallows waiting for you at Rennes," growled the ferryman.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • In better humor he flung himself down beneath a tree to wait for the ferryman—and went peacefully to sleep.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • The ferryman could only talk Dutch, and so Mr. George could not ask him what was to pay.

    Rollo in Holland Jacob Abbott
  • The ferryman saw the boy struggling with the dog in the water, and started after him with his boat.

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
  • Pence Oiler, the ferryman, sat in the corner puffing at a cob pipe.

    Shawn of Skarrow James Tandy Ellis

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