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deck hand

Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
Origin of deck hand
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One of them was the boatswain Caine, the other a deckhand by the name of Johnson.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Behind her, ready to follow her if must be, a deckhand waited with her luggage.

    Under the Country Sky Grace S. Richmond
  • "Some fool that doesn't know how to sail a boat, I guess," said the other deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • "Now be good, or I'll shove a few of your teeth down your throat," said the deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • "Maybe he wants to get you discharged," answered the other deckhand.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • He said to the deckhand: "Can I clean the lady and myself up?"

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • It came when Lee grimaced at him and called the deckhand in a feeble murmur.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • "So it is—every word," put in the second deckhand who had been summoned.

    The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster
  • Old Neils, "the squarehead" deckhand of the green-pea trade!

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Ringing off the engines, he ran forward with a deckhand to drop the kedge anchor.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for deckhand

deck hand

a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
(in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
a helper aboard a yacht
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deckhand

1844, American English, from deck (n.) + hand (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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