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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fer-ee]
    • /ˈfɛr i/
    • /ˈfer.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fer-ee]
    • /ˈfɛr i/

Definitions of ferries word

  • noun plural ferries a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water. 1
  • noun plural ferries a ferryboat. 1
  • noun plural ferries a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, especially the delivery of airplanes to an overseas purchaser or base of operations. 1
  • noun plural ferries the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc., and to charge for the service. 1
  • verb with object ferries to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane. 1
  • verb with object ferries to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery. 1

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Origin of ferries

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
before 1150; Middle English ferien, Old English ferian to carry; cognate with Old Norse ferja, Gothic farjan; akin to fare

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Parts of speech for Ferries


ferries popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ferries usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ferries

verb ferries

  • carries — Third-person singular simple present indicative form of carry.
  • bears — Plural form of bear.
  • chauffeurs — Plural form of chauffeur.
  • totes — totally: That's totes awesome!
  • bucks — Buckinghamshire

noun ferries

  • barges — Plural form of barge.

Antonyms for ferries

verb ferries

  • holds — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • keeps — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.

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