a person or thing that works.
a laborer or employee: steel workers.
a person engaged in a particular field, activity, or cause: a worker in psychological research; a worker for the Republican Party.
  1. a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped, nonreproductive bees, specialized to collect food and maintain the hive.
  2. a similar member of a specialized caste of ants, termites, or wasps.
Printing. one of a set of electrotyped plates used to print from (contrasted with molder2).
any of several rollers covered with card clothing that work in combination with the stripper rollers and the cylinder in the carding of fibers.

Origin of worker

First recorded in 1300–50, worker is from the Middle English word werker, worcher. See work, -er1
Related formsnon·work·er, nounsub·work·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-worker

Historical Examples of non-worker

  • They're absurdly simple for a 'working' dog and absurdly impossible for a non-worker.

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • A dreary monotony is dangerous even for the worker; for the non-worker it may be ruinous.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

British Dictionary definitions for non-worker



a person or thing that works, usually at a specific joba good worker; a research worker
an employee in an organization, as opposed to an employer or manager
a manual labourer or other employee working in a manufacturing or other industry
any other member of the working class
a sterile female member of a colony of bees, ants, or wasps that forages for food, cares for the larvae, etc
Derived Formsworkerless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for non-worker



as a type of bee, 1747, agent noun from work (v.).

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