[uh-lawng-shawr, -shohr, uh-long-]

adverb, adjective

by or along the shore or coast.

Nearby words

  1. along for the ride,
  2. along in years,
  3. along the lines of,
  4. along with,
  5. alongships,
  6. alongside,
  7. alongside of,
  8. alonso,
  9. alonso, alicia,
  10. alonso, dámaso

Origin of alongshore

First recorded in 1770–80; along + shore1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alongshore

  • Gadabout sidled to starboard, and grapnels were thrown up into the trees to hold her alongshore.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion|Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • And when it was over, and they went their several ways by woods and alongshore, they voted Mr. Carleton a generous provider.

    The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
  • A word used rather contemptuously for alongshore; land usage.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for alongshore


adverb, adjective

(postpositive) close to, by, or along a shore
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Word Origin and History for alongshore



1779, from along + shore (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper