a person engaged in work that requires bodily strength rather than skill or training: a laborer in the field.
any worker.

Nearby words

  1. laboratory,
  2. laboratory diagnosis,
  3. laboratory school,
  4. labored,
  5. laboredly,
  6. laborious,
  7. laboriously,
  8. laborism,
  9. laborite,
  10. labors of hercules

Origin of laborer

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at labor, -er1

Related formsun·der·la·bor·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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