from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A laborer employed for temporary or unskilled jobs, as in an oil field.
- n. A circus laborer.
- n. A deck or wharf laborer, especially on the Mississippi River.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an unskilled laborer, especially at an oilfield, at a circus or on a ship
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A laborer, especially a deck hand, on a river steamboat, who moves the cargo, loads and unloads wood, and the like; in an opprobrious sense, a shiftless vagrant who lives by chance jobs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common wharf-laborer or deck-hand, originally one on the Mississippi or other western river.
- n. See rouse-about.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor
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