noun, plural long·shore·men.
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What does longshoreman mean?
A longshoreman is a person who works loading and unloading shipping vessels at a dock.
A longshoreman can also be called a docker or dockworker. The work of a longshoreman is called longshoring. Although the profession has traditionally been done primarily by men, women also do the job, and one can be called a longshorewoman, a woman longshoreman, or a female longshoreman.
Example: When I worked as a longshoreman, I made good money, but the work was exhausting.
Where does longshoreman come from?
The first records of longshoreman come from the early 1800s. It’s based on the word longshore, which means “at or employed along the shore, especially at or near a seaport.“ Longshore is a shortening of alongshore, meaning quite simply “along the shore or coast.”
Longshoremen work at ports where ships deliver goods that are then unloaded so they can be distributed by other means. Today, the work of a longshoreman primarily involves the loading and unloading of shipping containers. But before such containers became common in the shipping industry, longshoremen often had to handle heavy loads of goods in all different kinds of containers. Historically, the job has been associated with heavy manual labor under sometimes dangerous conditions. Longshoremen are often part of labor unions that negotiate to improve the conditions they work in.
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- longshoremen (plural noun)
- longshorewoman (noun)
- longshorewomen (plural noun)
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How is longshoreman used in real life?
The term longshoreman is commonly associated with hard manual labor, so longshoremen are often thought of as tough and hardworking.
Local longshoremen handled more than 600 containers yesterday at Terminal 6, as our weekly SM Line container service continues. We’re grateful for all their work to move essential cargo right now. pic.twitter.com/XZVFzZdxIn
— Curtis Robinhold (@crobinhold) April 21, 2020
— Caroline Bleay (@cdbleay) May 4, 2015
Well done @GovMurphy for thanking the International Longshoreman Association! The hard work going on at the ports is often overlooked, even though shipping is our lifeline ⚓️🚢
— Emily McCulloch (@emmyloumac) April 3, 2020
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From 1934 to 1942, he was a busboy, a dishwasher, a truck driver, and a longshoreman.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum|Robert Ward|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And she knew at once what Johnnie did not guess: the longshoreman wanted the boy to appear ridiculous.
He took a long, leaping step over the things on the floor—a step in the direction of the longshoreman.
The longshoreman placed the books atop the olive-drab hat, crushing it flat with their weight.
This was the Sunday-morning longshoreman that was the pleasantest to look at.
So a lumper, or 'longshoreman, had told the men where to put things.The Sandman: His Sea Stories|William J. Hopkins