deck hand

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noun

Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.

Nearby words

  1. deck bridge,
  2. deck chair,
  3. deck crane,
  4. deck department,
  5. deck gang,
  6. deck hook,
  7. deck lid,
  8. deck light,
  9. deck load,
  10. deck log

Origin of deck hand

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for deckhand

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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Word Origin and History for deckhand

deckhand

n.

1844, American English, from deck (n.) + hand (n.).

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