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Dictionary Definition

fisherman n : someone whose occupation is catching fish [syn: fisher]

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  1. A 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.


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Extensive Definition

A fisherman is someone who gathers fish, shellfish, or other animals from a body of water. Although it usually addresses people who fish as a profession or means of subsistence, it can also be used to identify sport fishermen or "anglers". It may be used to describe both men and women.
Fishing has existed as a means of obtaining food since the Mesolithic period. For some communities, fishing provides not only a source of food and work but also community and cultural identity.

Occupation summary

Although "fisherman" is a broad occupational category, the concept of harvesting fish or shellfish is the deepest similarity. Terms such as crabbing, lobstering, and trawling have emerged to differentiate methods of fisherman obtaining their catch.
"Angler" can be a unisex term for someone who practices "angling", which is essentially fishing with a hook. Commonly, this involves a rod, reel and line. Today it's usually practiced for pleasure.


By the time of the Ancient Egyptians, fishermen provided the majority of food for Egyptians. Fishing had become a major means of survival as well as a business venture. Fishing and the fisherman had also influenced Ancient Egyptian religion; mullets were worshiped as a sign of the arriving flood season. Bastet was often manifested in the form of a catfish. The method Amun, in ancient Egyptian literature, created the world, is associated with the Tilapia's method of mouth-brooding.



A team of fisherwomen go fishing in Rameshwaram fishing industry industry
fisherman in Aymara: Chawllacaturi
fisherman in Czech: Rybář
fisherman in German: Fischer
fisherman in Esperanto: Fiŝkaptisto
fisherman in Korean: 어부
fisherman in Indonesian: Nelayan
fisherman in Hebrew: דייג
fisherman in Latin: Piscator
fisherman in Malay (macrolanguage): Nelayan
fisherman in Japanese: 漁師
fisherman in Norwegian: Fisker
fisherman in Russian: Рыбак
fisherman in Slovenian: Ribič

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

AB, Ancient Mariner, Argonaut, Dylan, Flying Dutchman, Neptune, OD, Poseidon, Varuna, able seaman, able-bodied seaman, angler, bluejacket, buccaneer, deep-sea man, dibber, dibbler, drift netter, drifter, fair-weather sailor, fisher, guddler, hearty, jack, jack afloat, jack-tar, jacker, jacky, jigger, limey, lobsterman, mariner, matelot, navigator, pirate, piscator, piscatorialist, piscatorian, privateer, sailor, salt, sea dog, sea rover, seafarer, seafaring man, seaman, shipman, tar, the compleat angler, trawler, troller, viking, water dog, whaler, windjammer, windsailor
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