boat·​man | \ ˈbōt-mən How to pronounce boatman (audio) \

Definition of boatman

: a man who works on, deals in, or operates boats

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On Tuesday it was announced that Canico’s body had been found by a boatman about half a mile from the concert site. Reuters, The Mercury News, "‘Where is Steve?’ Missing man found dead, and police are braced for trouble," 2 Aug. 2019 In the incident near Plymouth, the Coast Guard searched for an unconfirmed person in the water Sunday afternoon after a boatman brought an empty, 8-foot inflatable boat to the Coast Guard Station in Sandwich. Mike Kotsopoulos,, "Woman in serious condition after being pulled from the water off Hull’s Nantasket Beach," 7 July 2019 In those four minutes the bruised boatmen collect 19 of the fish. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Overrun’ Review: Too Many Fish to Fry," 12 May 2019 The outgoing lighthouse keepers are Jillian Meeker and Che Rogers—the former a skilled cook, the latter a talented boatman who’s sailed the world over. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Need a Fresh Start in 2019? California Has an Opening for a Lighthouse Keeper," 8 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, morning on the river starts before sunrise, when the boatmen fire up the outboards and the hornbills start squawking and the rustle of leaves hints at the primates feeding in the canopy. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 His steam-boatmen father, Captain Henry L. Hoyt, piloted a vessel that in 1850 delivered cargo to the promising port for the first time. Janet Eastman,, "Hoyt Arboretum namesake's 1904 Craftsman mansion is for sale at $2.6 million (photos)," 17 Apr. 2018 First liberty got drunk as a Lord with Shults & two of small boatmen. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 In the movie, two boatmen drinking in a tavern look out the window and see a mother and daughter on a swing, then proceed to seduce them by taking them for a ride downriver. Thomas Hine,, "At Barnes, two Renoirs - father and son - share one show, diminishing the impact of both," 3 May 2018

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boatman

: a person (especially a man) who works on, rents, or operates boats especially : a person who you pay to take you somewhere in a boat


boat·​man | \ ˈbōt-mən How to pronounce boatman (audio) \
plural boatmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of boatman

: a person who works on, handles, or operates boats

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