[ stee-vi-dawr, -dohr ]
/ ˈsti vɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr /


a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.

verb (used with object), ste·ve·dored, ste·ve·dor·ing.

to load or unload the cargo of (a ship).

verb (used without object), ste·ve·dored, ste·ve·dor·ing.

to load or unload a vessel.

Nearby words

  1. stettinius,
  2. steuben,
  3. steuben glass,
  4. steubenville,
  5. steve,
  6. stevedore's knot,
  7. steven,
  8. stevenage,
  9. stevengraph,
  10. stevens

Origin of stevedore

1780–90, Americanism; < Spanish estibador, equivalent to estib(ar) to pack, stow (see steeve1) + -ador -ator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stevedore


/ (ˈstiːvɪˌdɔː) /


a person employed to load or unload ships


to load or unload (a ship, ship's cargo, etc)

Word Origin for stevedore

C18: from Spanish estibador a packer, from estibar to load (a ship), from Latin stīpāre to pack full

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Word Origin and History for stevedore



1788, from Spanish estibador "one who loads cargo," agent noun from estibar "to stow cargo," from Latin stipare "pack down, press" (see stiff (adj.)).

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