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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English se farinde, equivalent to sea +‎ faring (travelling; journeying; going).


seafaring (comparative more seafaring, superlative most seafaring)

  1. Living one's life at sea.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      There was absolutely nothing about the body to suggest that it might possibly in life have known a maritime experience. It was the body of a low type of man or a high type of beast. In neither instance would it have been of a seafaring race. Therefore I deduced that it was native to Caprona--that it lived inland, and that it had fallen or been hurled from the cliffs above.
  2. Fit to travel on the sea; seagoing.
    • A rowing boat is not a seafaring craft.


Etymology 2[edit]

From sea +‎ faring.


seafaring (plural seafarings)

  1. The work, or calling of a sailor.