- Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
Origin of deck hand
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for 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
The deck-hand set her on her feet as soon as he reached the roof of the veranda.
"Buck," called the mate to the deck-hand who was on duty forward.
The deck-hand wiped his brow, took in a long breath, and went to work.The Squirrel Inn
Frank R. Stockton
- a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
- (in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year
- a helper aboard a yacht
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