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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 ?
A little thought in life is like salt upon rice, as the boatmen say, and I have thought deeply always.
Immediately I was afflicted with an excessive cold which, beginning in my crop, ran down to the extreme end of my toes, and deprived me even of speech, while the boatmen laughed at me.
Consequently, no boatmen would consent to pass the cave at night; the peasants shunned the place, even in the daytime.
Five years dragged by, and still, every night at midnight, the plaintive tones floated out over the silent land, while the distant boatmen and peasants thrust their fingers into their ears and shuddered out a prayer.
They are dextrous boatmen, vigorous and adroit with the oar and paddle, and will row from morning until night without a murmur.
The steamboats, which are fast dispelling the wildness and romance of our lakes and rivers, and aiding to subdue the world into commonplace, are proving as fatal to the race of the Canadian voyageurs as they have been to that of the boatmen of the Mississippi.
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.
She pointed through the window to a group of boatmen idling, as only nautical men can idle, against the garden wall.
The clergyman's name was Strickland, and the merchant-captain's name was Kirke; and that was all the boatmen knew about either of them.
These are two Yarmouth boatmen - very kind, good people - who are relations of my nurse, and have come from Gravesend to see me.
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.
A swarm of swarthy, noisy, lying, shoulder-shrugging, gesticulating Portuguese boatmen, with brass rings in their ears and fraud in their hearts, climbed the ship's sides, and various parties of us contracted with them to take us ashore at so much a head, silver coin of any country.