Nautical. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck.
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.
Origin of deck hand
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use deck hand in a sentence
While all this was going on a deckhand had reeved a block and tackle through the end of the cargo gaff and passed it to the winch.
"Fire," he bawled as the Maggie rested an instant in the trough of the sea—and a deckhand jerked the lanyard.
He said to the deckhand: "Can I clean the lady and myself up?"
It came when Lee grimaced at him and called the deckhand in a feeble murmur.
British Dictionary definitions for deck hand
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012