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 Charges in both cases came out of the same investigation that began in 2014 and at times involved an Indiana conservation officer who worked undercover as a deckhand for both Cox and Schigur. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 Soon after deckhand Sydney Zaruba noticed the wind was turning the boat, the stern started scraping against the dock. Justin Curto, Vulture, 11 May 2021 Bradner moved to Washington state after graduating high school in Indiana, and came to Alaska for a summer job, working as a deckhand on Yukon River freight boats. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2021 Stewardess Elizabeth Frankini’s firing from Below Deck went from a possibility to an inevitability after she and deckhand James Hough slept in a guest cabin without permission on January 26’s episode. Justin Curto, Vulture, 23 Feb. 2021 Izzy follows after due praise from both Eddie and Captain Lee for her work as lead deckhand. Justin Curto, Vulture, 16 Feb. 2021 Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on the reality show, died of a heart attack at 38 over the summer. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2020 McGlashan is one of several cast members who have died, including deckhand Mahlon Reyes who reportedly died at the age of 38 in August after suffering a heart attack. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 28 Dec. 2020 The 34 victims ranged from a new deckhand to scientists and engineers to parents with their teenage and adult children. Fox News, 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of deckhand

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deckhand was in 1844

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10 Jun 2021

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“Deckhand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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