Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dockhand; a longshoreman.

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  • n. A person who works on the dock of a harbor or shipyard, usually employed to load or unload freight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port

Etymologies

dock +‎ worker (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brett's Holmes could not have been anything but a detective, whereas Rathbone could easily have been a violinist, a dockworker, an actor.

    Holmes contra Holmes

  • Danny also had Art bomb a bar owned by one of the union officials who had opposed him during his days as a dockworker.

    Kill the Irishman

  • The man had turned out to be one Charlie Parsons, an out of work dockworker.

    Free Excerpt 5/5: Book of Secrets by Chris Roberson

  • Folks in neighboring Peru also claim its paternity, telling tales of a dockworker in the port of Callao first pulling it off in an impromptu match against British sailors around the same time.

    Rooney Bicycles His Way Into History

  • The fact that Angie went postal on the guy when she did not get the ring, busting open his lip and scratching his cornea while calling him four-letter names that would make a dockworker blush, evidently did not dissuade the board from bestowing on her the honor.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • At the festival, which is entirely free, movie lovers can enjoy a medley of Red Hook-focused films like “Mr. Brooklyn,” a 14-minute short that juxtaposes an “On the Waterfront” - era dockworker against the backdrop of modern day Red Hook; and “Moment,” which depicts three Red Hookers sharing a life-altering encounter in Valentino Park.

    CINEMA: Cannes do! Two film festivals this weekend show that Brooklyn is ready for a close up

  • The maker of household staples such as Huggies diapers and Kleenex tissues also faces challenges from higher-than-expected pulp price increases, impacts from the earthquake in Chile and a dockworker strike in Finland.

    Kimberly-Clark Profit Falls 5.7% On Bolivar Devaluation

  • After going through a banker, two TV executives, an ad exec and a dockworker on his way to a christening who thought about taking a swing at me, I got an assistant U.S.

    Were You Kind to the Lawyers?

  • Authorities say that after receiving the payoffs, sometimes in person but more often through another allegedly corrupt union dockworker, LaGrasso would funnel most of the cash to members of the Genovese family who have long controlled the action on the New Jersey piers.

    Jerry Capeci: ILA Vice Prez Busted; Docks Still Treat His Family $$$well

  • “You ever know a Jabo dockworker who could afford drinks on the house for fifty people at the first bar, and now a second party here?”

    Songs of Love & Death

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  • "She held a bottle with both hands and pushed it toward Kasper; he shook his head. She poured some alcohol into the glass. First from one bottle, then from another - green and yellow chartreuse. She mixed them in equal amounts.
    The glass was narrow. But what it lacked in diameter, it made up for in height; it was as tall as a flower vase. Perhaps to shorten the long way from the table to her mouth. If it was to go down fast.
    It was to go down fast. She drank like dockworker, poured the liquid down without swallowing. Then she set down the glass and smacked her lips.
    'One should be good to oneself. Especially when one is alone. Henry died ten years ago.'
    On the floor Kasper could see how good she was to herself. Two rows of bottles were carefully lined up, like props before a performance, twenty-odd bottles of each colour. Her brain must be pickled in alcohol and sugar, like a green walnut."
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008