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deck hand

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  1. Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.

Origin of deck hand

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for deck hand

Historical Examples

  • But that deck-hand did not lose sight of them, and when the cabin was empty he came in.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • "I will thank the pilot to call a deck-hand when he wants to be relieved," I replied.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • The deck-hand set her on her feet as soon as he reached the roof of the veranda.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • "Buck," called the mate to the deck-hand who was on duty forward.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • The deck-hand wiped his brow, took in a long breath, and went to work.

    The Squirrel Inn

    Frank R. Stockton

British Dictionary definitions for deck hand

deck hand

  1. a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
  2. (in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
  3. a helper aboard a yacht
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