Waterman Wa"ter*man, n.; pl. {Watermen}. [1913 Webster] 1. A man who plies for hire on rivers, lakes, or canals, or in harbors, in distinction from a seaman who is engaged on the high seas; a man who manages fresh-water craft; a boatman; a ferryman. [1913 Webster]

2. An attendant on cab stands, etc., who supplies water to the horses. [Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

3. A water demon. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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