Definitions

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

  • n. One who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships.
  • transitive v. To load or unload the cargo of (a ship) or to engage in the process of loading or unloading such a vessel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dockworker involved in loading and unloading cargo.
  • v. To load or unload a ship's cargo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to load and unload vessels in port; one who stows a cargo in a hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose occupation is the stowage of goods, packages, etc., in a ship's hold; one who loads or unloads vessels.

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

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

Etymologies

Spanish estibador, from estibar, to stow, from Latin stīpāre, to pack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish estibador (Portuguese estivador), form of estibar ("to load"), from Latin stīpāre (Italian stipare), present active infinitive of stīpō ("stuff"), from Proto-Indo-European *stīpos, from root Proto-Indo-European *steip-.[2] Cognate to stiff via Proto-Indo-European. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Captain Perez was what he called "stevedore" -- that is, general caretaker during the owner's absence, at Mr. Delancy Barry's summer estate on the "cliff road."

    Cap'n Eri

  • The port captain put a two-way radio up to his mouth and called the stevedore.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • The stevedore was a much larger man, but George got the best of it.

    Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

  • It must not be conceded that because of its rough character, the work of the stevedore is a calling that does not require intelligence, cool-headedness and skill; for without coolness and thorough knowledge on the part of those appointed to direct it,

    " Eagle Clippings " by Jack Thorne, Newspaper Correspondent and Story Teller, A Collection of His Writings to Various Newspapers

  • Business marketing sales a salubrious hela stevedore akan chlamydiaceae me tortuous in the megabucks lot and tremor me to the convincing row.

    Rational Review

  • Nowadays, "stevedore" is essentially an archaicism; the men in the longshoremens union run those giant cranes and are paid very well.

    Detcord

  • He headed west after the war, settling in St. Louis and taking jobs such as stevedore, waiter and mule tender before landing work as a reporter on a German-language newspaper.

    Fore, right!

  • "stevedore" system, which was slow and labor intensive (at both ends).

    Crocs, Costco and the Mindful Shopper

  • As logs are lashed, he lists the many benefits to Astoria of bringing in a log exporter, including dozens of $40-an-hour stevedore jobs filled with every shipload, and some $100,000 in wharfing fees each month.

    Log Exports Hammer Lumber Mills

  • The attraction of the coal stevedore above comes through not from any idea of the nobility of poverty but from the way he is framed in shadow and light, from the way Evans cropped him so that his gaze draws you in.

    Photo-Op: Cuba Libre

Comments

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  • Funny, AZ! Well, maybe you said jinx juuuust so, making it sound all dirty-like. ;-)

    Actually, I say "curse like a longshoreman" fairly often too, mostly because I like the word longshoreman and not because I curse a lot, or even know whether said longshoremen do. How often am I around them, after all? Or stevedores, for that matter.

    February 21, 2007

  • funny how some people will get offended even not knowing a term. I remember when I was little my Dad got pissed at me and my sister for saying jinx.

    February 21, 2007

  • That's awesome, uselessness.

    I use this word rather frequently: "I curse like a stevedore." I have had to stop saying it because people stare at me, I suspect because they don't know what it means rather than the admission that I use bad words. It's akin to "curse like a sailor," "curse like a longshoreman." One person even got offended. Not that I swear, but that I said stevedore. Weird.

    February 21, 2007

  • My dad's name is Steve. This word reminds me of his neverending lectures.

    February 20, 2007

  • I'm always mistakenly thinking it refers to a large machine, like a tractor. Lovely word, though.

    February 20, 2007