Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fabulous man of the sea, with the lower part of the body that of a fish.
  • noun In heraldry, same as triton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The male corresponding to mermaid; a sea man, or man fish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A legendary creature, human male from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down.

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

  • noun United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
  • noun half man and half fish; lives in the sea

Etymologies

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

[mer(maid) + man.]

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From Middle English mereman, from Old English *meremann ("merman") (suggested by Old English meremenn, meremennen, meremenin ("mermaid, siren"), equivalent to mer- +‎ man. Cognate with Dutch meerman ("merman"), German Meermann ("merman").

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