[ strahyk-brey-ker ]
/ ˈstraɪkˌbreɪ kər /


a person who takes part in breaking up a strike of workers, either by working or by furnishing workers.

Origin of strikebreaker

First recorded in 1900–05; strike + breaker1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strikebreaker

  • Strikebreaker,” they groaned, impressed by the wonderful dexterity of the stenographer.

  • This witness had acted as a strikebreaker up until the time he was subpoenaed.

    The Everett massacre|Walker C. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for strikebreaker

/ (ˈstraɪkˌbreɪkə) /


a person who tries to make a strike ineffectual by working or by taking the place of those on strike

Derived forms of strikebreaker

strikebreaking, noun, adjective
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Culture definitions for strikebreaker


An employee hired to replace a striking worker. (See scab.)

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