Dictionary.com

navvy

[ nav-ee ]
/ ˈnæv i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural nav·vies.British Informal.
an unskilled manual laborer.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of navvy

First recorded in 1825–35; short for navigator
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use navvy in a sentence

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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK