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[stee-vi-dawr, -dohr] /ˈsti vɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.
verb (used with object), stevedored, stevedoring.
to load or unload the cargo of (a ship).
verb (used without object), stevedored, stevedoring.
to load or unload a vessel.
Origin of stevedore
1780-90, Americanism; < Spanish estibador, equivalent to estib(ar) to pack, stow (see steeve1) + -ador -ator Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stevedore
Historical Examples
  • And Ogden Minot he pays me to be stevedore aboard his house yonder.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He strips at one hundred and forty and can stand punishment like a stevedore.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But our stevedore didn't tell all there was of the Orion and the Sirius.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • "It's up to you now, Matie," the stevedore had said to the impatient first officer.

  • All the stevedore crew were members of the Wildcat's own race.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • Then I spotted the weapon it held, one you don't often see, a stevedore's hook.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • He was a genuine lounger, a stevedore, a longshoreman—and a big man.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • Timekeeping for a stevedore firm and getting ten dollars a week!

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • I had it from the stevedore who has been loading their cargo.

  • Capitalist, miner, politician, stevedore—it was all one to Jimmie.

British Dictionary definitions for stevedore


a person employed to load or unload ships
to load or unload (a ship, ship's cargo, etc)
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish estibador a packer, from estibar to load (a ship), from Latin stīpāre to pack full
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Word Origin and History for stevedore

1788, from Spanish estibador "one who loads cargo," agent noun from estibar "to stow cargo," from Latin stipare "pack down, press" (see stiff (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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