stevedore

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Stevedores on a New York dock loading barrels of corn syrup on to a barge on the Hudson River, photographed circa 1912 by Lewis Hine

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish estibador (cognate with Portuguese estivador), a form of estibar ‎(to load), from Latin stīpāre (compare Italian stipare), the present active infinitive of stīpō ‎(stuff), from Proto-Indo-European *steypos, from the root Proto-Indo-European *steyp-.[1][2] It is cognate with stiff through Proto-Indo-European.

The word was attested in 1788 in the early form stowadore,[3] and was included in the 1828 edition of Webster’s Dictionary as stevedore.[4]

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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.”