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stevedore

noun ste·ve·dore \ ˈstē-və-ˌdȯr also ˈstēv-ˌdȯr \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of stevedore

: one who works at or is responsible for loading and unloading ships in port

Examples of stevedore in a Sentence

  1. on the wharves, stevedores were unloading cargo from the far corners of the world

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Origin and Etymology of stevedore

Spanish estibador, from estibar to pack — more at steeve

stevedore Synonyms


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stevedore

verb

Definition of stevedore

stevedored; stevedoring
: to handle (cargo) as a stevedore; also : to load or unload the cargo of (a ship) in port
: to work as a stevedore

First Known Use of stevedore

1862

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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STEVEDORE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stevedore for English Language Learners

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



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