Definition of Roustabout

1. Noun. A member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor.

Exact synonyms: Deckhand
Generic synonyms: Gob, Jack, Jack-tar, Mariner, Old Salt, Sea Dog, Seafarer, Seaman, Tar



Definition of Roustabout

1. n. A laborer, especially a deck hand, on a river steamboat, who moves the cargo, loads and unloads wood, and the like; in an opprobrious sense, a shiftless vagrant who lives by chance jobs.

Definition of Roustabout

1. Noun. (Chiefly American English) an unskilled laborer, especially at an oilfield, at a circus or on a ship ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Roustabout

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Roustabout

1. A laborer, especially a deck hand, on a river steamboat, who moves the cargo, loads and unloads wood, and the like; in an opprobrious sense, a shiftless vagrant who lives by chance jobs. Origin: Etymol. Uncertain. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Roustabout

rouse
rouseabout
rouseabouts
roused
rouseite
rouser
rousers
rouses
rousing
rousingly
rousseaus
roussette
roust
roustabout (current term)
roustabouts
rousted
rouster
rousters
rousting
rousts
rout
rout out
rout up
routable
route
route of administration
route one football
route planner

Literary usage of Roustabout

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Negro Folk Rhymes: Wise and Otherwise by Thomas Washington Talley (1922)
"Quack-quack!" My dog go: "Bow-bow!" My hoss go: "Whee-whee! Whee- whee!" My cat go: "Fiddle-toe! Fiddle- toe!" WHEN I WAS A "roustabout" ..."

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