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a person engaged in physical work, esp of an unskilled kind
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  • The labourer must be worthy of his hire, and a little something over.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The Rectory gate clicked sharply as it swung to behind the labourer.

  • Still we have bottled most of it and the labourer accepts his loveless lot.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Harvey was as indefatigable a labourer as any we have named.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Her father was a labourer, an' all she could see in front of her was the life of a labourer's wife.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • She had learnt the real story from a labourer who had worked for a time at the Jas-Meiffren.

  • Presently the Black-mouth gets a farm, while the other remains a labourer.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • On one side of the yard stood James, talking to a boy in a labourer's frock.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • The labourer obeyed, and went and worked for his 106 master as the Serpent had told him.

Word Origin and History for labourer

chiefly British English spelling of laborer; for suffix, see -or.

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