field hand



a person who works in the fields of a farm or plantation.

Origin of field hand

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for field hand

Historical Examples of 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