fisherman

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Etymology[edit]

fisher +‎ -man.

Noun[edit]

fisherman ‎(plural fishermen)

  1. A fisher, a person engaged in fishing:
    1. Any person who attempts to catch fish.
      The fisherman cast his line.
    2. A person whose profession is catching fish.
      He is a fisherman, out on a trawler for days at a time.
  2. A boat used for commercial fishing.
    • 1938, Cecil Ernest Lucas Phillips, Cromwell's Captains[1], page 196:
      They tortured and put to death English factors in the Spice Islands; they descended upon the fisheries of the North Sea in huge fleets escorted by men-of-war that attacked and sank the fishermen of other nations
    • 1987, John Rousmaniere, ‎Cruising Club of America. Technical Committee, Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts[2], page 26:
      Such boats should not have been fast, but the better fishermen — particularly John Alden's designs - [] won a big share of the offshore and coastwise races

Usage notes[edit]

Formerly the more common term, "fisherman" is now often replaced by the older fisher to be more inclusive of female catchers of fish.

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