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


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

docker [chiefly British], dockhand, dockworker, longshoreman, roustabout, rouster

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Examples of stevedore in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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,, "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,, "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., "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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of stevedore


1788, in the meaning defined above


1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for stevedore


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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English Language Learners Definition of stevedore

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

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