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1A person whose job is to manage or look after a boat.
2Newfoundland Newfoundland. A person who operates one or more private inshore fishing craft with the use of hired labour.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Walter Raleigh (1554–1618), courtier, explorer, and author. From boat + keeper.
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