[lawng-shawr, -shohr, long-]


existing, found, or employed along the shore, especially at or near a seaport: longshore jobs; longshore current.

Origin of longshore

First recorded in 1815–25; aphetic variant of alongshore
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Examples from the Web for longshore

Historical Examples of longshore

  • It's a longshore brain, anyhow, and it needs the salt to keep it from spoilin'.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Norfolk is just endurable in October, when game and 'longshore herrings are in.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • No longshore character, as you call him, would be as afraid of the sea as he is.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

  • We can't have none of the crew hangin' 'longshore, ginnin' up.

    Isle o' Dreams

    Frederick F. Moore

  • With their coming we are introduced to a line of longshore life that had escaped us.


    David W. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for longshore



situated on, relating to, or along the shore

Word Origin for longshore

C19: shortened form of alongshore
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