American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who performs manual or industrial labor for wages.
- n. A craftsman or artisan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who is employed in manual labor, whether skilled or unskilled; a worker; a toiler; specifically, an artificer, mechanic, or artisan; a handicraftsman.
- n. In general, one who works in any department of physical or mental labor; specifically, a worker considered with especial reference to his manner of or skill in work—that is, workmanship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man employed in labor, whether in tillage or manufactures; a worker.
- n. Hence, especially, a skillful artificer or laborer.
- n. an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
- From Middle English werkman, from Old English weorcmann ("workman"), equivalent to work + man. Compare Dutch werkman ("workman"), German Werkmann ("labourer, workman"), Icelandic verkamaður ("workman"). (Wiktionary)
“So all the world, like the British workman, is 'twixt the devil and the deep sea.”
“An American workman will "give equal attention simultaneously to three, four, or six machines or tools, while the British workman is compelled by his trade union to limit his attention to one, so that employment may be given to half-a-dozen men.”
“But if the workman is not able to pay for it, he will not have the speed and steam, that is all.”
“The forces of supply and demand determine these prices — and the price of a skilled workman is no exception.”
“A period had been reached, and he was rounding it off in workman-like fashion.”
“Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic.”
“In the café entrance a workman is setting up a second-hand radio on a wall.”
“The British taxpayer, of course, in the end pays, but the British workman is kept busy producing the goods.”
“The British workman is a handy man and he helps by making benches and other rough furniture and equipment.”
“The doctrine that the workman is entitled to a living wage has become obsolete.”
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