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[fish-er-muh n] /ˈfɪʃ ər mən/
noun, plural fishermen.
a person who fishes, whether for profit or pleasure.
a ship used in fishing.
Also, fisherman's. of, relating to, or designating a knitting pattern consisting primarily of cable-stitches executed in a characteristically thick, traditionally off-white yarn, or a garment made in this pattern and yarn:
a fisherman sweater.
Origin of fisherman
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English fissherman; see fisher, -man
Related forms
nonfisherman, noun, plural nonfishermen. Unabridged
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  • In the morning, when she joined him, he had rented an old motor-boat from a fisherman.

  • A fisherman's boy in a boat rowed slowly along by their side.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Klaus the fisherman, Klaus the sailor, as he was known on that shore.

  • I was not long in making a bargain with a fisherman to aid in catching shad.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Each was in too much of a hurry to ascertain if the fisherman had not returned.

British Dictionary definitions for fisherman


noun (pl) -men
a person who fishes as a profession or for sport
a vessel used for fishing
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