Definitions

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

  • n. A customs officer who boards incoming ships at a harbor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A customs officer who oversees the landing of goods from merchant vessels in order to secure payment of duties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A customhouse officer who watches the landing of goods from merchant vessels, in order to secure payment of duties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a class of custom-house officers whose business it is to await the arrival of ships, and to see that while in port the customs regulations as to the landing and shipping of goods are observed, and the revenue laws are not violated.

Etymologies

tide +‎ waiter (Wiktionary)

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  • From the days when ships waited for the incoming tide to enter the harbor.

    January 9, 2009

  • TheFreeDictionary.com
    n.
    A customs officer who boards incoming ships at a harbor.

    January 31, 2008