- Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
Origin of deck hand
Examples from the Web for deckhand
Historical Examples of deckhand
One of them was the boatswain Caine, the other a deckhand by the name of Johnson.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Behind her, ready to follow her if must be, a deckhand waited with her luggage.Under the Country Sky
Grace S. Richmond
"Some fool that doesn't know how to sail a boat, I guess," said the other deckhand.
"Now be good, or I'll shove a few of your teeth down your throat," said the deckhand.
"Maybe he wants to get you discharged," answered the other deckhand.
- 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