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

Definition of dockworker

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Synonyms for dockworker


docker [chiefly British], dockhand, longshoreman, roustabout, rouster, stevedore

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Examples of dockworker in a Sentence

the dockworkers spent all afternoon taking crates off of the ship

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Competition for cargo may have brought unionized dockworkers and employers at U.S. East and Gulf coast ports back to the bargaining table. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 12 Mar. 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union claims in a complaint filed Thursday that the West Coast dockworkers union and the region’s main port employers group discriminate against pregnant longshore workers at 29 Pacific Coast seaports. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "ACLU Claims Port Union Discriminates Against Pregnant Dockworkers," 29 Mar. 2018 Among the men who didn’t recognize his promise was the poet’s own father, a former dockworker with a hard demeanor. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 The associations representing the shipping companies and dockworkers declined to comment. CBS News, "Agency created to fight organized crime on New York, New Jersey docks may be pushed out," 22 June 2018 Washington came to Philadelphia from Alabama in 1951, landed a job as a dockworker, and for 42 years was a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association. Mark Fazlollah,, "Police officer probed in theft of homes," 2 Dec. 2012 In the Mississippi Territory, produce rotted in barns; in New England, dockworkers and sailors sat idle. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "When the President Defies the Supreme Court," 24 Apr. 2018 Williamson and several African-American dockworkers detained Wheeler while Still ushered Johnson and her children away to his home. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Underground Railroad Safe House Discovered in Philadelphia," 23 Mar. 2018 Port facilities in Galveston, Corpus Christi, and elsewhere along the coast were also closed, and dockworkers were working to ensure loose cargo and equipment were secure. Brian Baskin, WSJ, "Hurricane Harvey Snarls Key Trade Link For Energy and Cargo," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dockworker

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dockworker was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of dockworker

US : a person who loads and unloads ships at a port

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