What does fisherman mean?

Definitions for fisherman
ˈfɪʃ ər mənfish·er·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fisherman, fishernoun

    someone whose occupation is catching fish


  1. fishermannoun

    A person who attempts to catch fish.

    The fisherman cast his line.

  2. fishermannoun

    A person whose profession is catching fish.

    He is a fisherman, out on a trawler for days at a time.

  3. fishermannoun

    A boat used for commercial fishing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fishermannoun

    One whose employment and livelihood is to catch fish.

    Etymology: fisher and man.

    How fearful
    And dizzy ’tis to cast one’s eyes so low!
    The fishermen that walk upon the beach
    Appear like mice. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    At length two monsters of unequal size,
    Hard by the shore, a fisherman espies. Edmund Waller.

    Do scales and fins bear price to this excess?
    You might have bought the fisherman for less. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. Fisherman

    A fisher or fisherman is someone who captures fish and other animals from a body of water, or gathers shellfish.Worldwide, there are about 38 million commercial and subsistence fishers and fish farmers. Fishers may be professional or recreational. Fishing has existed as a means of obtaining food since the Mesolithic period.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fishermannoun

    one whose occupation is to catch fish

  2. Fishermannoun

    a ship or vessel employed in the business of taking fish, as in the cod fishery


  1. Fisherman

    A fisherman or fisher is someone who captures fish and other animals from a body of water, or gathers shellfish. Worldwide, there are about 38 million commercial and subsistence fishermen and fish farmers. The term can also be applied to recreational fishermen and may be used to describe both men and women. Fishing has existed as a means of obtaining food since the Mesolithic period.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fisherman is ranked #94730 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fisherman surname appeared 193 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fisherman.

    68.9% or 133 total occurrences were White.
    24.3% or 47 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fisherman' in Nouns Frequency: #2870

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fisherman in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fisherman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fisherman in a Sentence

  1. Manit Pianthong:

    Villagers and fisherman have been living with migrants coming in and out of Thailand for more than 30 years because of our proximity to Myanmar, That's why we need to educate them slowly and show them that this is wrong.

  2. Hao Hong:

    China needs commodities and Russia may have to sell it cheap, one ancient Chinese idiom is that when two clams fight, the fisherman stands to benefit.

  3. Greenhorn Amy Majors:

    I’ve been a fisherman my entire life. I’m third generation… it’s a family thing.

  4. Jerome K. Jerome:

    Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing; but this is a mistake. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous -- almost of pedantic -- veracity, that the experienced angler is seen.

  5. Duncan Berry:

    This week we are shipping a product where you can hold our fillets of fish and have a picture of the fisherman and boat that caught the fish, and we’re doing that at a national scale, 2,800 stores, the new order will not be defined by the rules of the old.

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