tidewaiter

noun

Definition of tidewaiter

1a : an officer in various preventive customs services who boards ships and watches the landing of goods
b : any customs inspector working at dockside or aboard ships
2 : an English dock laborer who tows or warps ships in or out at full tide

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“Tidewaiter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidewaiter. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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