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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 ferry word

  • noun plural ferry 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 ferry a ferryboat. 1
  • noun plural ferry 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 ferry the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc., and to charge for the service. 1
  • verb with object ferry to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane. 1
  • verb with object ferry to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery. 1

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Origin of ferry

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 Ferry


ferry 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".

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Synonyms for ferry

noun ferry

  • barge — A barge is a long, narrow boat with a flat bottom. Barges are used for carrying heavy loads, especially on canals.
  • packet — a small group or package of anything: a packet of letters.
  • ferryboat — a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like.

verb ferry

  • tote — Informal. to add up; total.
  • send — to cause, permit, or enable to go: to send a messenger; They sent their son to college.
  • shuttle — a device in a loom for passing or shooting the weft thread through the shed from one side of the web to the other, usually consisting of a boat-shaped piece of wood containing a bobbin on which the weft thread is wound.
  • lug — Linux User Group
  • carry — If you carry something, you take it with you, holding it so that it does not touch the ground.

Antonyms for ferry

verb ferry

  • hold — 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.
  • keep — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.
  • maintain — to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain: to maintain good relations with neighboring countries.

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