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[wurk-muh n]
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noun, plural work·men.
  1. a man employed or skilled in some form of manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
  2. a male worker.
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Origin of workman

before 900; Middle English werkman, Old English weorcman. See work, man1
Related formssub·work·man, noun, plural sub·work·men.un·der·work·man, noun, plural un·der·work·men.

Usage note

See -man.
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Related Words for workman

grunt, worker, drudge, peon, hand, hireling, operative, workingman, workman, farmhand, workingwoman, workwoman

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Historical Examples of workman

  • And what workman will throw away a sharp tool, because it may cut his fingers?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I then related for the doctor my conversation with the workman who asked me about women.

  • He could not imagine why some workman did not leap out, seize his arm and yell "Spy!"

  • Said the wood-chopper: “I am only a workman; why do you call me divine master?”

  • A workman knew exactly how much he had to spend and how to spend it.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for workman


noun plural -men
  1. a man who is employed in manual labour or who works an industrial machine
  2. a craftsman of skill as specifieda bad workman
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