[ lawng-shawr-muhn, -shohr-, long- ]


, plural long·shore·men.
  1. a person employed on the wharves of a port, as in loading and unloading vessels.


/ ˈlɒŋˌʃɔːmən /


  1. a man employed in the loading or unloading of ships Also called (in Britain and certain other countries)docker

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Gender Note

See -man.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of longshoreman1

First recorded in 1805–15; longshore + -man

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Example Sentences

Before that, longshoremen had to load ships by hand, which was a long and costly process, said Willy Shih, a professor of supply chain management at Harvard Business School.

In 2011, labor unions saw an opening, and several declared support for Occupy or marched including New York City transit workers, a Teamsters local, and later longshoremen at an Oakland, California offshoot.

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Consequently, it takes more trucks, more longshoremen, and more time to move cargo.

The eye-opener appears to be designed with a longshoreman or heavy drinker in mind.

Now he was back on the campaign trail, meeting with longshoremen in New Jersey.

From 1934 to 1942, he was a busboy, a dishwasher, a truck driver, and a longshoreman.

This girl was 'keeping company' with a longshoreman, who had as much as $25 in good weeks.

In their company, he traveled through Russia in every sense of the word, now as a longshoreman, now as a wood-chopper.

At the bar, a laughing longshoreman pushed a five-centavo coin into the nickeled red juke box, pressed the "Bsame" button.

You could see he was yearning, just dying, to taste of a middle-aged longshoreman by the name of Obed Nickerson.

The sailor and the train-hand, the longshoreman and the teamster, transport them to the industrial centres.


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More About Longshoreman

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.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of longshoreman

A. dockworker
B. docker
C. sailor
D. stevedore




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