from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dock worker who loads and unloads ships.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man employed to load and unload ships.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a class of laborers employed about the wharves of a seaport, especially in loading and unloading vessels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A workman, as a stevedore or jobber, who is employed in loading and discharging the cargoes of vessels.
- n. One who makes a living along shores by fishing for clams, oysters, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port
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Here I paraphrase longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer, from whom I lifted the title for this article.
We do know he is supposedly an unemployed longshoreman, which is odd, because he has enough money to spend many of his evenings drinking rum at various rebel taverns in North Boston.
The longshoreman was a saucy yin to the Market Street's cheesy yang.
(link) Lots of CGI to make Tom Cruise look more like a longshoreman, which is to say, a lot more like a fireplug.
With Prince Albert of Monaco he held himself equal, and for every bird shot on the wing by the head of the house of Grimaldi the "longshoreman" of Havre brought down another.
He was aided by Huxley, who lent him a microscope, and ultimately this common 'longshoreman's researches were of real value to the scientific world.
It was about this time that Danny received a phone call from Marty McCann, an F.B.I. agent investigating a longshoreman who had left a gun in his Detroit hotel room after attending an I.L.A. convention.
Before March, 1961, I was a longshoreman working in the holds of ships when I was asked to take over this union and make something of it.
While becoming established as a longshoreman, or “dockwalloper,” as they have been dubbed on the Great Lakes, Danny busied himself reading in his spare time.
And his father (Stephen Lang) is a longshoreman who drinks up his earnings and then takes it out on his wife (Karen Allen) and older son with beatings.