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 Jess' hands are rough and callused — more like a longshoreman's than that of a high school junior. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 22 June 2022 All of a sudden everyone talks like a longshoreman. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2022 His father, Aniello, was a longshoreman; his mother, Lucy (Esposito) Pignatano, was a seamstress. New York Times, 25 May 2022 That's fitting for the son of a Baltimore longshoreman. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2022 By his twentieth birthday, having discovered that he wasn’t cut out for the back-breaking life of a longshoreman or stevedore, P.J. tried his hand as a brass finisher at an East Boston machine shop. Neal Thompson, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2022 His dad, also named Fred Hughes, was a longshoreman at the Port of Oakland and the family lived in Harbor Homes, public housing built by the federal government during World War II. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2022 However, the longshoreman nurtured in the boy the fascination that would propel him to greatness. Alex Miller, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 The former longshoreman died of lung disease in 1992. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Longshoreman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longshoreman. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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