deck hand

See synonyms for deck hand on
  1. Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.

Origin of deck hand

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby deck hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deck hand in a sentence

  • If his new deck-hand and cook's mate would come alongside at five or thereabouts, he would see to their adequate reception.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • You had but to scratch lightly a mate or a deck-hand to find the old keel-boatman savagery.

  • He swapped his neat suit of brown with a deck-hand, and received some particularly unkempt garments.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • A deck-hand tossed a cast-line to the steamer's deck, and Mayo promptly threw it back.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • A deck-hand jumped ashore with a rope, while the man at the wheel gave gruff directions.

    The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers

British Dictionary definitions for deck hand

deck hand

  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

  1. a helper aboard a yacht

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