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longshoreman

[lawng-shawr-muh n, -shohr-, long-]
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noun, plural long·shore·men.
  1. a person employed on the wharves of a port, as in loading and unloading vessels.
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Origin of longshoreman

First recorded in 1805–15; longshore + -man

Usage note

See -man.
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Examples from the Web for longshoreman

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  • A longshoreman wouldn't have called a fishwife what I called you, you blessed child.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • He stretched out a hand which would have done credit to a longshoreman.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • The African magician was just another as wicked and cruel as the longshoreman.

  • "Guess you're not a longshoreman," he said, to begin the conversation.

  • It was plain that the longshoreman was powerfully impressed.


British Dictionary definitions for longshoreman

longshoreman

noun plural -men
  1. US and Canadian a man employed in the loading or unloading of shipsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): docker
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Word Origin and History for longshoreman

n.

1811, shortening of alongshore + man (n.).

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