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One who works on, deals with, or operates boats.

boat′man·ship′ n.


n, pl -men
1. a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
2. (Animals) short for water boatman


(ˈboʊt mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. a person skilled in the use of boats.
2. a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
boat′man•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boatman - someone who drives or rides in a boatboatman - someone who drives or rides in a boat
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
canoeist, paddler - someone paddling a canoe
ferryman - a man who operates a ferry
gondolier, gondoliere - a (Venetian) boatman who propels a gondola
oarsman, rower - someone who rows a boat
punter - someone who propels a boat with a pole
بَحّار، نوتي، مَراكِبي
ferjumaîur, bátmaîur


[ˈbəʊtmən] N (boatmen (pl)) → barquero m


(bəut) noun
1. a small vessel for travelling over water. We'll cross the stream by boat.
2. a larger vessel for the same purpose; a ship. to cross the Atlantic in a passenger boat.
3. a serving-dish shaped like a boat. a gravy-boat.
to sail about in a small boat for pleasure. They are boating on the river.
ˈboatman noun
a man in charge of a small boat in which fare-paying passengers are carried.
in the same boat
in the same, usually difficult, position or circumstances. We're all in the same boat as far as low wages are concerned.
ˈspeedboat noun
a fast motor boat.
References in classic literature ?
Canallers, Don, are the boatmen belonging to our grand Erie Canal.
Consequently, no boatmen would consent to pass the cave at night; the peasants shunned the place, even in the daytime.
She pointed through the window to a group of boatmen idling, as only nautical men can idle, against the garden wall.
These are two Yarmouth boatmen - very kind, good people - who are relations of my nurse, and have come from Gravesend to see me.
I was struck especially by the curious movements of the legs of the three swathed and bandaged boatmen,-- not stiff they were, but distorted in some odd way, almost as if they were jointed in the wrong place.
These were brought over by the boatmen who are there to take people over when any one comes to them.
Alarmed by the cries and gestures of the boatmen, my horse sprang into the water.
The voyageurs or boatmen were the rank and file in the service of the trader, and even the hardy "men of the north," those great rufflers and game birds, were fain to be paddled from point to point of their migrations.
The lads and the boatmen yelled; they thought there would be two deaths by drowning instead of one; but as Jean rose the third time, I clutched him by one leg and the collar, and in three minutes more both he and I were safe landed.
No, no—give me a good seine that’s fifty or sixty fathoms in length, with a jolly parcel of boatmen to crack their jokes the while, with Benjamin to steer, and let us haul them in by thousands; I call that fishing.
The company consisted of twenty-three shareholders, or partners, but held in its employ about two thousand persons as clerks, guides, interpreters, and "voyageurs," or boatmen.
A little thought in life is like salt upon rice, as the boatmen say, and I have thought deeply always.