water bailiff


obsolete : an English customs officer required to search ships
: any of various former British officials having specified jurisdiction over the water: such as
: an official superseded in 1771 having jurisdiction over fishing on the Thames
: an official in the Isle of Man having jurisdiction over fishery and some maritime jurisdiction prior to 1885
: a police officer on a river employed especially for the prevention of poaching

Word History


Middle English

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“Water bailiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20bailiff. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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