Definition of seaman in English:


Line breaks: sea¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːmən

noun (plural seamen)

1A person who works as a sailor, especially one below the rank of officer: merchant seamen a seaman’s strike
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  • But the former merchant seaman is not your average bum.
  • The Yorkshire man was a former merchant navy seaman.
  • ‘Make a goal and go for it’ was a motto that stuck with the former deck seaman.
sailor, seafarer, seafaring man, mariner, boatman, hand, crew member, rating
British informal matelot, matlow, matlo
informal , dated tar, Jack Tar, hearty
(seamen)crew, complement
1.1The lowest rank in the US navy, below petty officer.
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  • All crew members, from captain to seaman recruit, eat the same food - but on different days.
1.2 [with adjective] A person regarded in terms of their ability to captain or crew a boat or ship: he’s the best seaman on the coast
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  • Such an experienced seaman, still physically strong and able.


Old English sǣman (see sea, man).



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  • For there to be some purpose to being out on the ocean, well, somehow it feels more seamanlike and very fitting.
  • An optional gunter sloop rig makes for a very seamanlike rig, and one ideal for young people to learn to sail with.
  • She has been maintained and equipped in a very seamanlike fashion and should bring her new owner many years of boating, and fishing, pleasure.


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  • You're all great skippers and all it takes is a reasonable amount of seamanly skill and caution.
  • The city has a seamanly tradition and invented the first turbine ship in the world.
  • I cast a seamanly eye along the rail and let out a delighted whoop.

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