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stevedore

[stee-vi-dawr, -dohr] /ˈsti vɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
noun
1.
a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.
verb (used with object), stevedored, stevedoring.
2.
to load or unload the cargo of (a ship).
verb (used without object), stevedored, stevedoring.
3.
to load or unload a vessel.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90, Americanism; < Spanish estibador, equivalent to estib(ar) to pack, stow (see steeve1) + -ador -ator
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Examples from the web for stevedore
  • The stevedore is in charge of loading or unloading the cargo of a ship.
  • Most longshoremen are not permanent employees of any one stevedore or maritime carrier.
British Dictionary definitions for stevedore

stevedore

/ˈstiːvɪˌdɔː/
noun
1.
a person employed to load or unload ships
verb
2.
to load or unload (a ship, ship's cargo, etc)
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish estibador a packer, from estibar to load (a ship), from Latin stīpāre to pack full
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Word Origin and History for stevedore
n.

1788, from Spanish estibador "one who loads cargo," agent noun from estibar "to stow cargo," from Latin stipare "pack down, press" (see stiff (adj.)).

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