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ˈsti vɪˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊrsteve·dore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stevedore, loader, longshoreman, docker, dockhand, dock worker, dockworker, dock-walloper, lumpernoun

    a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port


  1. stevedorenoun

    A dockworker involved in loading and unloading cargo.

  2. stevedoreverb

    To load or unload a ship's cargo.

  3. Etymology: estibador (estivador), form of estibar, from stipare (Italian stipare), present active infinitive of stipo, from stīpos, from root steip-.\ Cognate to stiff via Proto-Indo-European.


  1. Stevedore

    A stevedore (), also called a longshoreman, a docker or a dockworker, is a waterfront manual laborer who is involved in loading and unloading ships, trucks, trains or airplanes.After the shipping container revolution of the 1960s, the number of dockworkers required declined by over 90%.


  1. stevedore

    A stevedore is a worker or a company employed at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships. This role may include activities such as securing cargo onto ships, managing cargo documents, and operating various types of loading equipment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stevedorenoun

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

  2. Etymology: [Sp. estivador a packer, a stower, fr. estivar to pack, to stow, L. stipare to press, compress, probably akin to E. stiff. See Stiff, Stive to stuff.]


  1. Stevedore

    Stevedore, dockworker, docker, dock labourer, wharfie and longshoreman can have various waterfront-related meanings concerning loading and unloading ships, according to place and country. The word stevedore originated in Portugal or Spain, and entered the English language through its use by sailors. It started as a phonetic spelling of estivador or estibador, meaning a man who stuffs, here in the sense of a man who loads ships, which was the original meaning of stevedore; compare Latin stīpāre meaning to stuff, as in to fill with stuffing. In the United Kingdom, men who load and unload ships are usually called dockers, in Australia wharfies, while in the United States and Canada the term longshoreman, derived from man-along-the-shore, is used. Before extensive use of container ships and shore-based handling machinery in the U.S., longshoremen referred exclusively to the dockworkers, while stevedores, in a separate trade union, worked on the ships, operating ship's cranes and moving cargo. In Canada, the term stevedore has also been used, for example, in the name of the Western Stevedoring Company, Ltd., based in Vancouver, B.C. in the 1950s. Stevedore has also become common as an appellation for a person who is over-muscular or foulmouthed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stevedore

    stēv′e-dōr, n. one who loads and unloads vessels. [A corr. of Sp. estivador, a wool-packer—estivar, to stow—L. stipāre, to press.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stevedore

    A stower; one employed in the hold in loading and unloading merchant vessels.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stevedore in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stevedore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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