ship·​fit·​ter ˈship-ˌfi-tər How to pronounce shipfitter (audio)
: one that fits together the structural members of ships and puts them into position for riveting or welding
: a naval enlisted man who works in sheet metal and performs the work of a plumber aboard ship

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Levi Benner, a shipfitter, said there are hard feelings because management routinely rejects workers’ ideas for improvements. David Sharp,, 23 Aug. 2020 Then, again, electricians, machinists, shipfitters, pipefitters. Washington Post, 1 June 2017 After 25 years as a boilermaker, shipfitter and welder, photographer Joseph Blum knows his way around construction sites. Rebecca Horne, WIRED, 24 July 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shipfitter was in 1941

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“Shipfitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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