long·​shore·​man | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌshȯr-mən How to pronounce longshoreman (audio) , ˌlȯŋ-ˈ \

Definition of longshoreman

: a person who loads and unloads ships at a seaport

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Examples of longshoreman in a Sentence

the longshoremen moved all of the fish into cold storage for shipment to the market
Recent Examples on the Web The eye-opener appears to be designed with a longshoreman or heavy drinker in mind. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Inscho, 36, is a longshoreman and the mother of two, ages 9 and 6. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021 Within days, Cocker, 28, left behind his job as a longshoreman and his wife and three children to fly with his unit to Washington. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 Harry Cilino, a sixty-six-year-old great-grandfather, found work washing dishes at the Pierre in 2010, after being laid off from his job as a longshoreman. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 This isn’t the longshoreman’s union, with serious workplace issues. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2021 Rose grew up in Northwest Baltimore, the son of a former longshoreman turned insurance salesman. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 1 Mar. 2021 Her mother was a domestic who was home only one day a week; her stepfather was a longshoreman. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Around the same time, his childhood friend and fellow longshoreman, Windell B. La Cour, died from the virus. New York Times, 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of longshoreman

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for longshoreman

longshore, short for alongshore

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The first known use of longshoreman was in 1792

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“Longshoreman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longshoreman. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of longshoreman

US : a person whose job is to load and unload ships at a port

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