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-. Cognate to stiff via Proto-Indo-European.
Attested 1788 in early form stowadore, included in 1828 Webster’s dictionary as stevedore.
stevedore (plural stevedores)
- A dockworker involved in loading and unloading cargo.
dockworker involved in loading and unloading cargo
stevedore (third-person singular simple present stevedores, present participle stevedoring, simple past and past participle stevedored)
- (transitive) To load or unload a ship's cargo.
- ^ “stevedore” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ “stiff” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ OED references Massachusetts Spy of 1788, July 2/3
- ^ “Stevedore, one whose occupation is to stow goods, packages, &c. in a ship's hold.”