stevedore

noun
ste·​ve·​dore | \ ˈstē-və-ˌdȯr also ˈstēv-ˌdȯr How to pronounce stevedore (audio) \

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

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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 Normandy’s Negroes, serving in mostly segregated units, worked under fire instead as stevedores and as antiaircraft men who ran up barrage balloons to frustrate enemy air strikes at the beaches. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 In Panama City, Josh West, a 39-year-old stevedore, rode out the hurricane at his home with his roommate and daughter. Jon Kamp And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Michael Blasts Deadly Path Across Several Southern States," 11 Oct. 2018 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 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 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 Normandy’s Negroes, serving in mostly segregated units, worked under fire instead as stevedores and as antiaircraft men who ran up barrage balloons to frustrate enemy air strikes at the beaches. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Stevedore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stevedore. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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stevedore

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of stevedore

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

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