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 worker

Contemporary Examples of worker

Historical Examples of worker

  • Yes, it was simply that: she was making him a man, a worker, a lover once more.

  • He is as thorough a worker in the cause of religion, morality and benevolence as in trade.

  • The very word itself implies that the profit of the labour is the worker's own.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • Plainly, just so much as the means of life cost which will keep up the worker's strength.


    Theodor Hertzka

  • His father was probably a worker in glass, to which trade Bernard was brought up.


    Samuel Smiles

British Dictionary definitions for 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 worker

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

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