[ lawng-shawr-muhn, -shohr-, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈʃɔr mən, -ˈʃoʊr-, ˈlɒŋ- /
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noun, plural long·shore·men.
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 for longshoreman

See -man.
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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.



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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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British Dictionary definitions for longshoreman

/ (ˈlɒŋˌʃɔːmən) /

noun plural -men
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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