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[ley-ber-er] /ˈleɪ bər ər/
a person engaged in work that requires bodily strength rather than skill or training:
a laborer in the field.
any worker.
Origin of laborer
1275-1325; Middle English; see labor, -er1
Related forms
underlaborer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is little call for any great skill on the part of the laborer.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • I am the son of the wealthiest man in Poitiers, and I have lived like a laborer's child.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • If she be a laborer, she must have an interest in the laws which control labor.

  • And the laborer who toils for wife and child you must not harm.

  • There is no question when the laborer makes and owns his own tool.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Now some questions as to your laborer's trade, and the sale is concluded.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • The whole ingenuity of mankind would seem devoted to ascertaining how much a bullock can eat, and how little will feed a laborer.

  • Taking only a part of the borrower's or laborer's services does not relieve it of injustice.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
Word Origin and History for laborer

mid-14c., "manual worker," especially an unskilled one, agent noun from labor (v.). Meaning "member of the working class, member of the lowest social rank" is from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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