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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
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at labor, -er1
Related forms
underlaborer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is but the necessary consequence of all labor which does not benefit the laborer.

  • There is little call for any great skill on the part of the laborer.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • It is not contended, however, that every laborer actually does this.

  • The next morning he felt like a laborer whose factory has closed.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Tramped over Brazil as a day laborer, and through the West Indies.

  • The laborer was appealed to as one suffering from oppression and injustice.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The capitalist buys from the laborer his labor-power at its full value as a commodity.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • So the laborer must sell the only commodity he has to sell, namely, his labor-power.

    Socialism John Spargo
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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