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[waw-ter-muh n, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tər mən, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun, plural watermen.
a person who manages or works on a boat; boatman.
a person skilled in rowing or boating.
Chesapeake Bay Area. a person with a general license to take any legal catch of fish and shellfish in Chesapeake Bay.
Origin of waterman
1350-1400; Middle English; see water, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Quaffing it down, and betaking himself to bed, under its somniferous influence, the Wye waterman is soon in the land of dreams.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • That wouldn't be far for waterman to go after 'em, but do you think he'd do it?

  • Happening to look up, he saw waterman coming along the road towards him.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • This I learned from a waterman at the quays, who had helped to load their goods.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • "I think the least you say about it the better, Amzi," said Mrs. waterman witheringly.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • For half-an-hour I could not say whether I was gaining on her, or my waterman on me.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • "You must also remember that you boys are getting into the finest kind of physical shape," said Mr. waterman.

    Bob Hunt in Canada George W. Orton
British Dictionary definitions for waterman


noun (pl) -men
a skilled boatman
Derived Forms
watermanship, noun
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