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[wurk-muh n] /ˈwɜrk mən/
noun, plural workmen.
a man employed or skilled in some form of manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
a male worker.
Origin of workman
before 900; Middle English werkman, Old English weorcman. See work, man1
Related forms
subworkman, noun, plural subworkmen.
underworkman, noun, plural underworkmen.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And what workman will throw away a sharp tool, because it may cut his fingers?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I then related for the doctor my conversation with the workman who asked me about women.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • He could not imagine why some workman did not leap out, seize his arm and yell "Spy!"

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Said the wood-chopper: “I am only a workman; why do you call me divine master?”

  • A workman knew exactly how much he had to spend and how to spend it.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for workman


noun (pl) -men
a man who is employed in manual labour or who works an industrial machine
a craftsman of skill as specified: a bad workman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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