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

adverb, adjective

by or along the shore or coast.

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

Historical Examples of alongshore

  • Alongshore, the boys could see the ghostly white breaking of the surf.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for alongshore

1779, from along + shore (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper