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[lawng-shawr-muh n, -shohr-, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈʃɔr mən, -ˈʃoʊr-, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, plural longshoremen.
a person employed on the wharves of a port, as in loading and unloading vessels.
Origin of longshoreman
1805-15; longshore + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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  • Meanwhile, with his other hand, the longshoreman thrust Cis down into her chair.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He stretched out a hand which would have done credit to a longshoreman.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • This was the Sunday-morning longshoreman that was the pleasantest to look at.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • "Guess you're not a longshoreman," he said, to begin the conversation.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • But I'll bet a good box of Havana cigars that he was a longshoreman or a miner.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • Mr. Perkins never came closer than this to a criticism of the longshoreman.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He had no white assistant, but every Fijian who could find room on the launch constituted himself a longshoreman.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • But if he did not dispose of the flowers to some one, as the longshoreman had ordered, what then?

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He understood that, with Cis away, the longshoreman needed him as he had never needed him before.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for longshoreman


noun (pl) -men
(US & Canadian) a man employed in the loading or unloading of ships Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) docker
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Word Origin and History for longshoreman

1811, shortening of alongshore + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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