mer·​man | \ ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of merman

: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish

Examples of merman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melissa and Joe are a mermaid and a merman and Joe definitely got his costume at SluttyShirtlessCostumesForGayDudesGrrrrrrllll.Rainbow. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 12 May 2021 In a report published by the Guinness World Records, Shaaban explained the workout routine that gives him his merman-like abilities. Maryam Mohamed, CNN, 7 Mar. 2021 Even the Sun King of merman movies can’t buy his way out of his previous mistakes. Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 May 2020 In one 16th-century book of curious and bizarre creatures compiled by Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner, drawings of the sunfish feature alongside images of mermen and sea monsters. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2020 Bas-relief mermaids and mermen watch over its fountain pool. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2019 Yes, an actual merman, with flippers, who has been alive for centuries. Rachel Syme, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018 More recently, makeup and computer magic were combined to create a merman lead actor in much-lauded The Shape of Water. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, 9 June 2018 In the Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water, a mute maid, her gay best friend, her African American co-worker, and a merman team up to escape the menace of a straight white guy who works for the government. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of merman

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Merman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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mer·​man | \ ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio) \
plural mermen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of merman

: an imaginary sea creature usually shown with a man's head and body and a fish's tail

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