stevedore

noun
ste·​ve·​dore | \ˈstē-və-ˌdȯr also ˈstēv-ˌdȯr \

Definition of stevedore 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

stevedore

verb
stevedored; stevedoring

Definition of stevedore (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to work as a stevedore

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Synonyms for stevedore

Synonyms: Noun

dockhand, dockworker, longshoreman, roustabout

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Examples of stevedore in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the time, Zemo served as the general manager of port operations for a private company running a terminal and providing stevedore services at the Port of New Orleans. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "River Ridge man accused in scheme to steal $1M from stevedore company," 12 Apr. 2018 The gist of the muckraking editorial was that Teddy was a drunk who also swore like a stevedore. Mark Will-weber, Town & Country, "A Complete History of the Mint Julep," 10 Apr. 2017 Crispus Attucks, a former slave, and stevedore of whose father was African and whose mother Native American. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Black History Month from the perspective of a German-Irish dad raising African-American kids," 20 Feb. 2018 These days, those vacancies increasingly mean jobs for software professionals, not stevedores or steel workers, the working-class aristocracy that once reigned along the banks of the Ruhr. Bloomberg.com, "Merkel’s Fourth Term Now Rides on Germany’s Changing Rust Belt," 8 Feb. 2018 It was supposed to be a short visit with her father, Kweku, who was living in Rockville, Md., working as a stevedore. Richard Demak, SI.com, "What to Watch: TV Times For the 2018 Winter Olympics Schedule Highlights," 6 Feb. 2018 When Jackson was 6, her mother died, leaving her to be raised by her father, a preacher on Sundays who worked as a stevedore and a barber during the week. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Mahalia Jackson, the gospel queen of New Orleans: 1 of 300," 4 Feb. 2018 Nostalgia for the days when the waterfront of Hoboken, N.J., teemed with stevedores and tugboat crews is apparently a thing of the past. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Bolstered by Survey, Hoboken Again Says No to Ferry Yard," 30 Jan. 2018 Jack Gray Transport operates a stevedore affiliate operation called Lakes & Rivers Logistics in Buffington Harbor on property owned by Carmeuse Lime & Stone. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary trucking firm unveils clean diesel trucks," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of stevedore

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for stevedore

Noun

Spanish estibador, from estibar to pack — more at steeve

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The first known use of stevedore was in 1788

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stevedore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stevedore

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

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