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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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  • Everyone suffers from dialogue that would make the average longshoreman demand a rewrite.
  • In the hostile pubs it was wiser for a longshoreman and a reporter or any kind of writer not to be seen together.
  • The four longshoreman are placing and removing twist locks under the containers.
  • The third longshoreman was able to move out of the way of the spreader bar and was not injured.
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.).

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