workman

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From Middle English werkman, from Old English weorcmann (workman), equivalent to work +‎ -man. Compare Dutch werkman (workman), German Werkmann (labourer, workman), Icelandic verkamaður (workman).

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workman (plural workmen)

  1. A man who labours for wages.
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Chester (1848)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 58:
      He laid the foundation stone on August 1 1847, and then set around 2,000 workmen loose on the undertaking. The station opened exactly one year later on August 1 1848.
  2. An artisan or craftsman.

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