- a person who works in the fields of a farm or plantation.
Origin of field hand
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for field hand
With her rude husband she still shares the hard service of a field-hand.
The millionaire's child, as well as the field-hand's, must wait awhile yet.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
She sought a cause for having her degraded from the rank of house-servant to field-hand.Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
The girl was bid off at $1,100, and stepped down to make way for a field-hand.The Secret Service.
Albert D. Richardson
Young as he was, he had a great dread of being a field-hand.The Freedmen's Book
Lydia Maria Child