deckhand vs roustabout what difference

what is difference between deckhand and roustabout



deck +‎ hand


deckhand (plural deckhands)

  1. (nautical) A member of the crew of a merchant ship who performs manual labour.
  2. (theater) A stagehand.
    • 2020, John Ramsey Holloway, ‎Zachary Stribling, Illustrated Theatre Production Guide (page 15)
      Sometimes actors set props on the spikes, or sometimes a deckhand will do it, depending on the action of the play.



deckhand (third-person singular simple present deckhands, present participle deckhanding, simple past and past participle deckhanded)

  1. (intransitive) To work on a boat as a deckhand; crew.


Alternative forms

  • rouseabout




roustabout (plural roustabouts)

  1. (chiefly US) an unskilled laborer, especially at an oilfield, at a circus or on a ship, 19th c.
    • 1961, Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Homer, Odyssey, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Book Eleven, 668-9,
      Then Sísiphos in torment I beheld / being roustabout to a tremendous boulder.
    • 1974, Saul Bellow, “Him with His Foot in His Mouth” in Collected Stories, Penguin, 2001, p. 377,
      Brooklyn Tony, who had run away from home to be a circus roustabout, became a poster artist and eventually an Abstract Expressionist.
    • 2013, Celeste Headlee, NPR, 7 January, 2013, [1]
      She works in McGregor, North Dakota as a roustabout pusher. That means she and her crew help fix and maintain the drilling sites.
    See also quotations under rouseabout.


Further reading

  • roustabout on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • tourabouts

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