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longshoreman

[lawng-shawr-muh n, -shohr-, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈʃɔr mən, -ˈʃoʊr-, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, plural longshoremen.
1.
a person employed on the wharves of a port, as in loading and unloading vessels.
Origin of longshoreman
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; longshore + -man
Usage note
See -man.
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  • A longshoreman wouldn't have called a fishwife what I called you, you blessed child.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He stretched out a hand which would have done credit to a longshoreman.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The African magician was just another as wicked and cruel as the longshoreman.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "Guess you're not a longshoreman," he said, to begin the conversation.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It was plain that the longshoreman was powerfully impressed.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • But now, all at once, he realized that One-Eye agreed with the longshoreman.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "Oh, yes, I know all about your city rules," went on the longshoreman.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Mr. Perkins never came closer than this to a criticism of the longshoreman.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • This was the Sunday-morning longshoreman that was the pleasantest to look at.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for longshoreman

longshoreman

/ˈlɒŋˌʃɔːmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(US & Canadian) a man employed in the loading or unloading of ships Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) docker
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Word Origin and History for longshoreman
n.

1811, shortening of alongshore + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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