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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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 Hungry male relatives file through the door: first an uncle, then a younger cousin, and finally Rada’s father, Wang Ji Zengheng, on break from his job as a boatman guiding tourists on the nearby lake. Jason Motlagh, Marie Claire, "Kingdom of Women," 18 Jan. 2018 Railroad workers - joined now by miners, iron workers and boatmen from the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal - hid under bridges or behind blind curves, emerging to ambush trains with stones or block their tracks with debris. Fredrick Kunkle,, "Labor Day's radical roots: How a worker revolt on the B&O Railroad almost became a revolution," 3 Sep. 2017 One of the boatmen accused of misconduct was not fired until last summer, 19 months after the inspector general's report. Alaska Dispatch News, "Zinke pledges ‘action’ on harassment inside National Park Service," 14 Oct. 2017

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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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