From Middle English mereman, from Old English *meremann (“merman”) (suggested by Old English meremenn, meremennen, meremenin (“mermaid, siren”)), equivalent to mer- + man. Cognate with Dutch meerman (“merman”), German Meermann (“merman”).
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)mən
merman (plural mermen)
- A legendary creature, human male from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down.
- 1653, The Loves of Hero and Leander: A Mock Poem, London, page 19:
- The meer man hath no feet but fins / And this hath legs you see and shins.
- merguy (informal)
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