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 Karen’s husband, Eddie, spent his life as a commercial waterman and hunter who prowled the areas around Chesapeake Bay’s Deal Island and beyond looking for wild game. Tim Neville, Outside Online, 8 July 2021 With Anelakai Adventures, led by Hawaiian waterman Iko, the experience becomes more eco-friendly and culturally relevant. Stacey Mckenna, Outside Online, 14 Oct. 2019 Like many of the island’s residents, Eskridge is also a waterman, making a living through the Chesapeake Bay’s crabs, fish and oysters. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 Bertish is a waterman at heart, content to chase surf up and down the coast. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 That may benefit individuals like Kirk Bloodsworth, a former waterman and Marine veteran who spent time on death row after being wrongly convicted of the murder of a child in Baltimore County. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 8 Mar. 2021 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, 6 Feb. 2021 There are some cases in which commercial watermen illegally possess the official state crustaceans in large quantities. Talia Dennis, baltimoresun.com, 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, 18 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of waterman

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2022

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“Waterman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterman. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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