stevedore

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

noun

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.

Origin of stevedore

1780–90, Americanism; < Spanish estibador, equivalent to estib(ar) to pack, stow (see steeve1) + -ador -ator
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stevedore
/ (ˈstiːvɪˌdɔː) /

noun

a person employed to load or unload ships

verb

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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