wa·​ter·​man | \ ˈwȯ-tər-mən How to pronounce waterman (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterman

: one who works or lives on the water: such as
a : a man who makes his living from the water (as by fishing)
b : a boatman who plies for hire usually on inland waters or harbors

Examples of waterman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russ Dwyer, 75, a waterman who has never received the flu vaccine, has put his name on lists at hospitals, drugstores and the county health department. Washington Post, "One county has twice as many covid-19 deaths. The other does much better with vaccinations.," 6 Feb. 2021 There are some cases in which commercial watermen illegally possess the official state crustaceans in large quantities. Talia Dennis, baltimoresun.com, "Crab violations are plentiful in Maryland, none more so than undersized possession," 16 Oct. 2019 The situation is raising the question of whether the extra-wet year was a fluke, or if researchers and watermen should prepare their facilities to deal with these conditions more often. Julia Rentsch, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland oysters are having a bad year, and here’s why," 18 Aug. 2019 Black mariners, watermen, and loggers crossed borders, official and unofficial, with relative ease. BostonGlobe.com, "Climate change is wiping out Harriet Tubman’s homeland, and we’re doing little - The Boston Globe," 25 Oct. 2019 Spoores and Carney are experienced watermen (MST stands for mountains, streams, and trails, and the duo play on all three), plus Carney is a photographer, so the memories are preserved for posterity and social media. Fortune, "The Best Way to Watch the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival," 28 Sep. 2019 Business has dropped because the watermen stopped coming in for sandwiches, slices of hummingbird cake, the odd wrench or crabbing boots. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Many Maryland watermen deny the crab crisis is Trump’s fault. Except it is.," 7 May 2018 In the 1980s, crab houses started bringing workers from Mexico through a program that lets them live and work in the United States during the warmer months and then return to Mexico in the winter, when watermen are prohibited from crabbing. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Crab crisis: Md. seafood industry loses 40 percent of workforce in visa lottery," 3 May 2018 In a typical year, Maryland watermen sell more than 30 million pounds of crabs, about $55 million worth at docks around the Chesapeake Bay. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of waterman

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2021

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“Waterman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterman. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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