from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dock worker who loads and unloads ships.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A workman, as a stevedore or jobber, who is employed in loading and discharging the cargoes of vessels.
  • noun One who makes a living along shores by fishing for clams, oysters, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a class of laborers employed about the wharves of a seaport, especially in loading and unloading vessels.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A man employed to load and unload ships.

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

  • noun a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 1811, from alongshore + man.

    August 22, 2009