- a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.
- to load or unload the cargo of (a ship).
- to load or unload a vessel.
Origin of stevedore
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Examples from the Web for stevedore
And Ogden Minot he pays me to be stevedore aboard his house yonder.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He strips at one hundred and forty and can stand punishment like a stevedore.Shorty McCabe
But our stevedore didn't tell all there was of the Orion and the Sirius.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
"It's up to you now, Matie," the stevedore had said to the impatient first officer.
All the stevedore crew were members of the Wildcat's own race.Lady Luck
- a person employed to load or unload ships
- to load or unload (a ship, ship's cargo, etc)
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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