boat·​mate | \ ˈbōt-ˌmāt \
plural boatmates

Definition of boatmate

: a fellow crew member or passenger on a boat … having trouble matching the stamina and pace of boatmates— Brian Cazeneuve, Sports Illustrated, 21 Aug. 2000 Nayden's boatmates lean out with nets and grab the shimmering fish as they somersault in the air.— Bryan Walsh, Time, 23 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of boatmate

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boatmate was in 1815

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