American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who works on, deals with, or operates boats.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man who manages a boat; a rower of a boat.
- n. (Zoöl.) A boat bug. See Boat bug.
- n. someone who drives or rides in a boat
- boat + man (Wiktionary)
“On our way back, via the high ridge to the west, through Langton Matravers and Kingston, we began to understand why Thomas Hardy called Swanage a town "where everybody who was not a boatman was a quarrier".”
“Colin gave his little sister -- of whom he was very fond -- an unobserved hug, and then fairly sped down to the end of the pier and called a boatman to take him off.”
“The water was now running in, submerging first one slab of slimy rock and then another, and the four men in the boat -- the workmen, that is, the boatman, and Mr. Fison -- now turned their attention from the bearings off shore to the water beneath the keel.”
“LOOK out, Sim Shrimp!" called the boatman quickly, warningly.”
“The courage of our boatman was a little dashed; he suggested that we leave Ramon, Louis, and Manuel on an old scow standing on the bank and fast going to ruin, while he poled myself and the luggage over, after which he would return for my companions.”
“Everybody in the parish who was not a boatman was a quarrier, unless he were the gentleman who owned half the property and had been a quarryman, or the other gentleman who owned the other half, and had been to sea.”
“The boatman is a fool!" said Shuffles, impatiently.”
“When Mr. Presby, from the roof of the conservatory, had noted the direction he took, he had closed the window, and called the boatman to assist him.”
“We concealed our case and abode on coals of fire till nightfall, when I opened the river-gate and, calling the boatman who had carried us the night before, said to him, 'I know not what is become of my mistress; so take me in the boat, that we may go seek her on the river: haply I shall chance on some news of her.”
“The sum which he demanded appeared exorbitant to the hadji, who, forgetting that he was a saint, and fresh from Mecca, fumed outrageously, and in broken Spanish called the boatman thief.”
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