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waterman

Syllabification: wa·ter·man
Pronunciation: /ˈwôtərmən, ˈwä-
 
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Definition of waterman in English:

noun (plural watermen)

1A boatman.
Example sentences
  • ‘Our membership has strong ties to the water and we rely a lot on the local watermen to teach the workshops,’ said the director of the museum.
  • So poor was the harvest of recruits that an appeal was issued to the watermen on the Thames to join up.
  • He then became a Thames waterman, and increased his earnings by writing rollicking verse and prose; he obtained the patronage of Jonson and others, and diverted both court and city.
1.1An oarsman who has attained a particular level of knowledge or skill.

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