Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who works on, deals with, or operates boats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a man in charge of a small boat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who manages a boat; a rower of a boat.
  • n. A boat bug. See Boat bug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who manages or is employed on a boat; a rower of a boat.
  • n. A hemipterous insect of the family Corisidœ and genus Notonecta.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who drives or rides in a boat

Etymologies

boat +‎ man (Wiktionary)

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  • When sleep it comes the dreams come winging clear
    The hawks of the morning cannot harm you here.
    Sleep is a river, flows on forever
    And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams,
    And for your boatman choose old John O' Dreams
    .
    - Bill Caddick, from the lovely song "John O' Dreams", based upon a melody by Tchaikovsky. Wikipedia.

    September 16, 2009


  • Over the river, the boatman pale
    Carried another,—the household pet:
    Her brown curls waved in the gentle gale—
    Darling Minnie! I see her yet.
    She cross'd on her bosom her dimpled hands,
    And fearlessly enter'd the phantom bark;
    We watch'd it glide from the silver sands,
    And all our sunshine grew strangely dark.

    - Nancy (Priest) Wakefield, 'Over the River.

    September 16, 2009