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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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  • The pallid looks more at home in a natural history museum than on the end of a fisherman's line.
  • It is the bait that lures, not the fisherman or the rod.
  • Earthworms are then moved to the surface, much to the fisherman's delight.
  • Some ways down the river, a fisherman on the bank told us that the mountain had exploded, and that everything was being shut down.
  • Mullet are so profuse they will literally jump into a fisherman's boat.
  • It's not every day that a living fossil shows up in a fisherman's net.
  • In the fisherman's arithmetic, that equates to a lot of seafood not going into his nets.
  • Many fisherman have since set up as unlicensed tourist operators.
  • The traditional approach-forbidding fisherman to catch more than a certain number of fish-is clearly not particularly effective.
  • If a body is not found, a fisherman tells me, a tree must be buried in its place.
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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