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deck hand

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noun
  1. Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
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Origin of deck hand

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Related Words for deck hand

cadet, marine, pilot, boater, diver, swab, tarpaulin, mate, jack, seafarer, navigator, mariner, salt, pirate, bluejacket, shipmate, tar, windjammer, middy, lascar

Examples from the Web for deck hand

Historical Examples of deck hand

  • But that deck-hand did not lose sight of them, and when the cabin was empty he came in.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • "I will thank the pilot to call a deck-hand when he wants to be relieved," I replied.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • The deck-hand set her on her feet as soon as he reached the roof of the veranda.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • "Buck," called the mate to the deck-hand who was on duty forward.

    Down South

    Oliver Optic

  • The deck-hand wiped his brow, took in a long breath, and went to work.

    The Squirrel Inn

    Frank R. Stockton


British Dictionary definitions for deck hand

deck hand

noun
  1. a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
  2. (in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
  3. a helper aboard a yacht
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