long·​shore·​man ˈlȯŋ-ˌshȯr-mən How to pronounce longshoreman (audio)
: a person who loads and unloads ships at a seaport

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 For Shawn Jackson, a longshoreman daily hire, the uncertainty is the hardest part. Julia Jester, NBC News, 30 Mar. 2024 In addition to some 15,000 longshoremen, the two ports support hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region — in trucking, warehousing, trade finances and countless small businesses. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 From ancient Mediterranean islands to the Titanic to longshoremen on the Brooklyn docks, CNN looked into some of the historic cases that may become relevant as the ramifications of this deadly and costly crash come to light. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 31 Mar. 2024 Roughly 20,000 people have jobs directly related to the port, said Cowan, including 2,400 longshoremen, and over 100,000 people rely on income that derives from the port in some way. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 After union truck drivers and longshoremen won massive concessions from U.S. corporations this summer, the UAW called for a 40% pay raise and a 32-hour work week. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Sep. 2023 This perfect storm of timing inspired a massive 28-mile march dubbed Hollywood to the Docks, which ended at the Port of Los Angeles and brought together actors and longshoremen, hotel workers and security guards. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Drawn-out labor talks with longshoremen that lasted more than a year prompted some companies to divert cargo to the East and Gulf Coast ports. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Technology that makes a traditional occupation largely disappear — for example, the way freight containerization more or less eliminated the need for longshoremen — can be devastating for those displaced. Paul Krugman, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History


longshore, short for alongshore

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of longshoreman was in 1792

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“Longshoreman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longshoreman. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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long·​shore·​man ˈlȯŋ-ˈshōr-mən How to pronounce longshoreman (audio)
: one who loads and unloads ships at a port : stevedore

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