GC: n

S: The Guardian – (last access: 23 November 2018); BBC – (last access: 23 November 2018).

N: 1. From boat (“small open vessel (smaller than a ship) used to cross waters, propelled by oars, a sail, or (later) an engine,” Old English bat, from Proto-Germanic *bait-) and man (“a featherless plantigrade biped mammal of the genus Homo“, Old English man, mann “human being, person (male or female); brave man, hero;” also “servant, vassal, adult male considered as under the control of another person,” from Proto-Germanic *mann-).

  • A man in charge of a small boat.

2. boatman: A person who dealt with the mooring of boats, or who worked on or was in charge of a boat / barge.
3. ferryman: A person who operated a ferry to allow people to cross waterways.
4. waterman: One who works or lives on the water: such as
– a man who makes his living from the water (as by fishing).
– a boatman who plies for hire usually on inland waters or harbors.
5. docking pilot, boatman: A person who attends to the mooring and unmooring of vessels in the field of Ship Piloting.
6. Water boatman, (family Corixidae), any of more than 300 species of insects in the true bug order, Heteroptera, that are named for their flat, boat-shaped bodies and long, fringed, oarlike hindlegs. Members of this cosmopolitan family are usually less than 13 mm (0.5 inch) long.
7. Cultural Interrelation: Charon, in Greek mythology, the son of Erebus and Nyx (Night), whose duty it was to ferry over the Rivers Styx and Acheron those souls of the deceased who had received the rites of burial.

S: 1. OED –; (last access: 23 November 2018). 2 & 3. DOO – (last access: 23 November 2018). 4. MW – (last access: 23 November 2018). 5. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 23 November 2018). 6. EncBrit – (last access: 23 November 2018). 7. EncBrit – (last access: 23 November 2018).

SYN: ferryman, waterman. (depending on context)

S: DOO – (last access: 23 November 2018); MW – (last access: 23 November 2018).

CR: rafter