Origin of shipbuilder

First recorded in 1690–1700; ship1 + builder
Related formsship·build·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shipbuilder

Contemporary Examples of shipbuilder

Historical Examples of shipbuilder

  • Go to Argus, the shipbuilder, and bid him build a galley with fifty oars.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "I don't believe he really wants to be a shipbuilder," Roger said.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • It was then that Ninian decided that he would like to be a shipbuilder.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • But the smaller yards were always in difficulties, and no shipbuilder ever made a fortune.

    All Afloat

    William Wood

  • A ship is made by the shipbuilder, who is its corporeal cause.

British Dictionary definitions for shipbuilder


  1. a person or business engaged in the building of ships
Derived Formsshipbuilding, noun
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