[wurk-muh n]

noun, plural work·men.

a man employed or skilled in some form of manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
a male worker.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for workman

Contemporary Examples of workman

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

a man who is employed in manual labour or who works an industrial machine
a craftsman of skill as specifieda bad workman
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