noun, plural nav·vies. British Informal.
Origin of navvy
Examples from the Web for navvy
It is pleasing to remember that a Navvy Battalion followed us!
The high wages of the navvy are offset by the disadvantages of his employment.
Navvy gave us and the lions a wide berth, and walked to camp.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
The doctor, the schoolmaster, and the professor will be paid (in labour-cheques) at the same rate as the navvy.The Conquest of Bread|Peter Kropotkin
Peter could and did occasionally work like a navvy without feeling that his Imperial dignity was thereby impaired.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for navvy
noun plural -vies
Word Origin for navvy
Word Origin and History for navvy
"laborer on a canal or railroad," 1832, colloquial shortening of navigator (q.v.) in its sense of "one who digs navigation canals."