navvy

[ nav-ee ]
/ ˈnæv i /

noun, plural nav·vies. British Informal.

an unskilled manual laborer.

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Origin of navvy

First recorded in 1825–35; short for navigator
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British Dictionary definitions for navvy

navvy
/ (ˈnævɪ) /

noun plural -vies

British informal a labourer on a building site, excavations, etc

Word Origin for navvy

C19: shortened from navigator, builder of a navigation (sense 4)
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