dock·​work·​er | \ ˈdäk-ˌwər-kər How to pronounce dockworker (audio) \

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the dockworkers spent all afternoon taking crates off of the ship
Recent Examples on the Web All of the defendants except for one dockworker submitted plea agreements. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 The year after World War II ended, a 22-year-old dockworker named John Powe came home from overseas and headed to Birmingham to find a job that would support his growing family. Shane Loeffler, ProPublica, 1 Sep. 2022 His father was a dockworker and later ran a candy shop, and his mother was a homemaker. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 10 July 2022 The Bandidos came along 18 years later in 1966, founded by a 36-year-old Houston dockworker and Vietnam War veteran named Donald Chambers. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The dockworker absences are helping exacerbate a monthslong bottleneck., 31 Jan. 2022 And to the screen, when a dockworker criticizing Jaskier’s songs becomes a mouthpiece for fans. Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The average dockworker with more than five years’ full-time experience in 2019 earned almost $190,000. Paul Berger, WSJ, 28 Nov. 2021 In August, China partially shut down the world’s third biggest container port for two weeks after a dockworker tested positive for Covid. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dockworker

1913, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2022

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“Dockworker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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