US laborer


a person engaged in physical work, esp of an unskilled kind

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Examples from the Web for labourer

Contemporary Examples of labourer

  • Vagabond, errand-boy, vagabond, labourer, porter, clerk, chief manager, small partner, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown.

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    David's Bookclub: Hard Times

    David Frum

    September 24, 2012

Historical Examples of labourer

  • 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.

  • Harvey was as indefatigable a labourer as any we have named.


    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

Word Origin and History for labourer

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

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