deckhand

noun
deck·​hand | \ ˈdek-ˌhand How to pronounce deckhand (audio) \

Definition of deckhand

: a sailor who performs manual duties

Examples of deckhand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And after starting as lead deckhand and being promoted to boson, Franco left the series to captain his own yacht. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "Captain Sandy Says Below Deck Is Changing The Yachting Industry," 22 June 2020 According to Variety and Daily Mail, the reality star, who played the lead deckhand in Season 5, posted a meme of a naked Black woman in chains on social media. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "All the celebrities who've been fired for their racist comments, as Hollywood takes account," 20 June 2020 The other crew members include an experienced chief stew who will obviously clash with Hannah, an experienced lead deckhand who will obviously have issues with Malia's authority, and a former model who's made yachting his newest career. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "A Guide To The Cast Of Below Deck: Mediterranean," 8 June 2020 To get to the radio, divers would need to remove a part of the ship's deckhand to reach the room known as the Marconi Suite, which houses the device. Kay Jones, CNN, "Radio used by the Titanic to call for help can be salvaged, judge rules," 19 May 2020 On Virgin Gorda, Speedy’s deckhands unloaded cases of Veuve Clicquot and Cakebread Cellars wines. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?," 10 Feb. 2020 Although the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority cut service during the coronavirus pandemic, officials hope to keep enough captains, deckhands, engineers and other staff on hand to operate the fleet in an emergency. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 24-25," 24 Apr. 2020 The sixth, a 26-year-old deckhand named Allie Kurtz , was sleeping below deck and perished with the boat’s 33 passengers. Washington Post, "Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire," 13 Sep. 2019 Lee Rosbach, prefers a deckhand or stewardess to work through the end of a charter. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "How Real Is Bravo's 'Below Deck'?," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of deckhand

1844, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Deckhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deckhand. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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deckhand

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English Language Learners Definition of deckhand

: a worker on a ship who does work that does not require special training

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