Meaning of wharf lumper in English:

wharf lumper


dated Australian
  • A person employed at a port to load and unload ships.

    ‘the wharf lumper might work for ten weeks on the wharf, and have 42 weeks' unpaid leave’
    • ‘His cousin was a young wharf lumper employed at Fremantle.’
    • ‘The old man was a wharf-lumper once on a time.’
    • ‘This smart wharf-lumper fetches cascara-beans on board.’
    • ‘He has no more taste than a wharf-lumper for quality in a painting.’
    • ‘The wharf-lumper receives more than the country school-teacher.’
    • ‘He was a wharf lumper on the Sydney waterfront.’
    • ‘It was six shillings per hour for wharf lumpers.’
    • ‘The respondent was a wharf lumper and was injured while in the applicant's employment.’
    • ‘A shearer is usually a navvy or wharf lumper as well.’
    • ‘A heavily built wharf-lumper was a witness in the case.’