long·​shore·​man | \ˈlȯŋ-ˌshȯr-mən, ˌlȯŋ-ˈ\

Definition of longshoreman 

: a person who loads and unloads ships at a seaport

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Synonyms for longshoreman


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

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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

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Growing up in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of a longshoreman and a homemaker, Mr. Martin, now 70, spent much of his childhood conjuring up fictional realms. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "‘Game of Thrones’ Creator George R.R. Martin Assures Fans: Writing Is Coming," 16 Nov. 2018 One of the biggest drivers has been Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 1.3-mile space stretching along the waterfront, with playgrounds, sports fields and green spaces, as well as a hotel and condominiums, where longshoremen used to work the piers. New York Times, "Brooklyn Heights: 19th-Century Streets and 21st-Century Changes," 23 May 2018 Each longshoreman usually moves between three and six cars an hour. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "From Jaguars to 'junkers,' Baltimore longshoremen are first and last behind the wheel," 21 May 2018 His father was a longshoreman who liked to play Hawaiian steel guitar. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Edwin Hawkins, Known for the Hit ‘Oh Happy Day,’ Is Dead at 74," 15 Jan. 2018 The bar was a hookup spot, and the backgrounds of its patrons were diverse — doctors, lawyers, longshoremen, hustlers, husbands, fathers. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 John George Izdebski, later legally changed his surname to Davis, was born in Baltimore, the son of John Izdebski, a longshoreman, and Julia Gawrys Izdebski, a homemaker. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "John G. Davis, liquor salesman and Ravens fan, dies," 12 July 2018 Further roiling Oregon’s traditional political alignments and contributing to Klan growth was a series of strikes in 1922, by longshoremen and railroad workers, both vital to the state economy. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 What happens when a longshoreman from Windsor, a retired lawyer from Oakland and a car dealer from Fairfield walk onto a golf course in Colorado Springs? Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area amateurs to tee off in U.S. Senior Open," 27 June 2018

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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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: a person whose job is to load and unload ships at a port

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