- an unskilled manual laborer.
Origin of navvy
Examples from the Web for navvy
Historical Examples of navvy
A duke may become a navvy for a joke, but a clerk cannot become a navvy for a joke.Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
G. K. Chesterton
And I was a navvy before the war, and joined up for a change.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
They came from the navvy shelter, and Tom could hear plainly every word.Chatterbox, 1905.
It is pleasing to remember that a Navvy Battalion followed us!
But I had had no part nor lot in the preservation of that navvy's simple patriotism.The Message
Alec John Dawson
- British informal a labourer on a building site, excavations, etc
Word Origin for navvy
"laborer on a canal or railroad," 1832, colloquial shortening of navigator (q.v.) in its sense of "one who digs navigation canals."