stevedore

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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-.[1][2] Cognate to stiff via Proto-Indo-European.

Attested 1788 in early form stowadore,[3] included in 1828 Webster’s dictionary as stevedore.[4]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstiː.vəˌdɔː(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

stevedore (plural stevedores)

  1. A dockworker involved in loading and unloading cargo.

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Verb[edit]

stevedore (third-person singular simple present stevedores, present participle stevedoring, simple past and past participle stevedored)

  1. (transitive) To load or unload a ship's cargo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ stevedore” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ stiff” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  3. ^ OED references Massachusetts Spy of 1788, July 2/3
  4. ^ “Stevedore, one whose occupation is to stow goods, packages, &c. in a ship's hold.”