Waterman, noun

Watermen, Watermans.
English, South African DutchShow more Probably attributive use of English water, applied to persons who live near water and who depend on food sources found in water (cf. general English waterman mariner, seaman); or from South African Dutch (which derivation would explain the plural forms ending with -mans).
strandloper sense 2 a.
1639 W. Bayley in R. Raven-Hart Before Van Riebeeck (1967) 146We sent our shallopp to Penguin Iland to carry Thomas with whom we lefte our lettres with the Rest of his family of watermen therre to resyde the whole number Consisting of 20 p[er]sons menn, weomen and Children.
1968 E.A. Walker Hist. of Sn Afr. 36The ‘Watermans’ had killed the herdboy, David Jansen, and stolen forty-four head of Company’s cattle.
strandloper2 a.

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