from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who works for wages.
  • noun A man who performs heavy manual or industrial labor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A laboring man; one who earns his living by manual labor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A laboring man; a man who earns his daily support by manual labor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A man who works in exchange for payment, especially one that does manual labour

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
  • noun an employee who performs manual or industrial labor


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