laborer

[ley-ber-er]
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noun
  1. a person engaged in work that requires bodily strength rather than skill or training: a laborer in the field.
  2. any worker.

Origin of laborer

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at labor, -er1
Related formsun·der·la·bor·er, noun
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Related Words for laborer

hireling, hand, drudge, peon, grunt, farmhand

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Word Origin and History for laborer
n.

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.

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