Definition of boatman in US English:

boatman

nounPlural boatmen

  • A person who rents out or works on boats.

    • ‘Instead, follow the river where it goes, and after a time, when the rapids no longer swirl and bash, you may hire a boatman to take you where you wish.’
    • ‘The staff are entering into the spirit and designing a crew outfit for the occasion based on Venetian boatmen complete with ribbons and sashes.’
    • ‘The stoic expression on Buddy's weathered face was almost identical to that of the other boatman as the boats closed rapidly on each other.’
    • ‘These conversations show that the services provided by the boatmen far exceed the physical labour of rowing.’
    • ‘Lt Welch has a team of 31, including 27 divers, an administrative assistant, a boatman and two artificers to maintain their equipment.’
    • ‘Not all is lost though, for about twenty five pounds sterling you can hire a boatman for six hours and have him anchor within casting distance of the feeding fish.’
    • ‘The Maldives is the original Waterworld, where tiny islands poke just out of the water to sprout palm trees and low-rise hotel complexes, and the boatmen cut their teeth at the tiller.’
    • ‘Sitting in his small wooden boat, an old boatman surnamed Wu warmed up a pot of yellow rice wine, then carefully poured it into a bowl for himself.’
    • ‘After arriving at Fern Island, they had to hire a boatman to take them to Goldworth Isle.’
    • ‘The boatman steers the boat out into the current where Paul and his fellow co-celebrity, Scotland rugby star Rob Wainwright, make the first casts of the season.’
    • ‘Up to now the strike action has had no impact on the port, primarily because the boatmen's duties are being carried out by the Harbour Master and the Chief Executive of the company.’
    • ‘Mr. Burke claims the new regulations, which require boatmen to carry anchors in small fishing boats, create very real dangers and are, in fact, a safety hazard.’
    • ‘Trade on the Barrow was booming with up to 50 boats owned and worked by the Graignamanagh boatmen who worked the navigation system until trade ceased.’
    • ‘On the boat, boatmen will engage with the passenger to get an impression of his/her wants and needs and length of stay.’
    • ‘Ferries have crossed the River Severn between Newnham and Arlingham since Roman times, but the last boatman packed up in 1947.’
    • ‘A little distance from the river bank, boatmen had docked their boats and foreign tourists occupying those boats were clicking their cameras or taking video recordings of the beautiful ceremony.’
    • ‘The five boatmen provide 24-hour cover at the port and some of them have been working there for up to 20 years.’
    • ‘Later on Friday night some of the striking boatmen took over a pilot boat and their action prevented a harbour pilot disembarking from a ship coming down river from Belview Port on its way to Rotterdam.’
    • ‘Enter from the north bank, downstream from the bridge at the Tweed boatman's mooring site.’
    • ‘Founding Chairman of the Newry Canal Preservation Society, John was a boatman, a sailor, a windsurfer and a musician from the Showband days.’
    seaman, seafarer, seafaring man, mariner
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Pronunciation

boatman

/ˈboʊtmən//ˈbōtmən/