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roustabout

Definition:

a member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

roustabouts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

deck hand | deckhand | rouster [Australia, United States]

Etymology:

the verb "roust"
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Roustabout

refers to a worker who maintains all things in the oil field. He or she sets up oil well "heads," oil lead lines connected to stock tanks. Roustabouts will maintain saltwater disposal pumps, lease roads, lease mowing, create dykes around tank batteries... (42 of 592 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Roustabout

Roustabout (disambiguation)

a type of worker. The word may also refer to: Roustabout (film), starring Elvis Presley | Roustabout (album), the soundtrack to the film | "Roustabout", a song on the album | "Roustabout", a track on Mark Simpson's folk Special Agent (album) | ... (38 of 145 words, 9 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

roustabout | rouseabout [sense-specific]

an unskilled labourer on an oil rig | [Australian] another word for "rouseabout" | [United States, Canadian] a labourer in a circus or fairground (22 of 219 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/roustabout

Merriam-Webster:

roustabout | deckhand [synonym, sense-specific] | longshoreman [synonym, sense-specific] | docker [British, synonym, sense-specific] | dockhand [synonym, sense-specific] | dockworker [synonym, sense-specific] | rouster [synonym, sense-specific] | stevedore [synonym, sense-specific]

"deckhand" ; "longshoreman" | an unskilled or semiskilled laborer especially in an oil field or refinery | a circus worker who erects and dismantles ... (22 of 100 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/roustabout

Random House Dictionary:

roustabout | rouster [sense-specific]

a wharf laborer or deck hand, as on the Mississippi River. | an unskilled laborer who lives by odd jobs. | a circus laborer who helps in setting up ... (27 of 62 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/roustabout

Oxford Dictionary:

roustabout

an unskilled or casual labourer. | a labourer on an oil rig. | [North American] : a dock labourer or deckhand. | [North American] : a circus labourer. ... (25 of 51 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/roustabout

New World Dictionary:

roustabout

[United States] a deckhand or waterfront laborer | [United States] a laborer in a circus who helps set up the tents, etc. | [United States] an ... (24 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/roustabout

American Heritage Dictionary:

roustabout

A laborer employed for temporary or unskilled jobs, as in an oil field. | A circus laborer. | A deck or wharf laborer, especially on the Mississippi ... (25 of 29 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/roustabout

Wiktionary:

roustabout [United States] | roustabouts [plural]

an unskilled laborer, especially at an oilfield, at a circus or on a ship (14 of 17 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/roustabout

Cambridge Dictionary:

roustabout [United States] | rouseabout [Australian]

a person whose job involves heavy unskilled work (8 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/roustabout

Macmillan British Dictionary:

deckhand [countable] | deckhands [plural]

someone who works on a ship doing jobs such as cleaning (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/deckhand

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tar and pitch | tar | pitch

viscous, dark-brown to black substances obtained by the destructive distillation of coal, wood, petroleum, peat, and certain other organic materials. ... (20 of 268 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0847845​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

tar [musical instrument]

long-necked lute descended from the tanbur of Sāsānian Iran and known in a variety of forms throughout the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central ... (24 of 129 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/583250​/tar

Encarta Dictionary:

roustabout | roustabouts [plural]

an unskilled laborer, especially on an oil-drilling rig, on a ship or wharf, or in a circus (17 of 29 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861706274​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

roustabout

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: the verb "roust"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/roustabout

roust [North American]

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: perhaps an alteration of "rouse"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/roust

New World Dictionary:

roustabout

Origin: "roust" + "about"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/roustabout

roust

Origin: dialect form of "rouse" with unhistoric -t

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/roust

about

Origin: Middle English aboutenoun from Old English onbūtan, around from on, "on" + be, "by" + ūtan, outside from ūt, ... (19 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/about

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

roustabout

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "roustabout"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/roustabout

Macmillan American Dictionary:

roustabout [countable] | roustabouts [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "roustabout"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/roustabout

Cambridge Dictionary:

roustabout [United States]

Audio: North American English pronunuciation of "roustabout"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/roustabout

the Free Dictionary:

roustabout

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "roustabout"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "roustabout"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "roustabout" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/roustabout

Google Dictionary:

roustabout | roustabouts [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "roustabout"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=roustabout

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

roustabout

Audio: North American pronunciation of "roustabout"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rousta​01 word=roustabout

YourDictionary Audio:

roustabout

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "roustabout" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/roustabout

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