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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for deck hand

deck hand

noun

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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