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navvy

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noun, nav·vy \ˈna-vē\

Simple Definition of navvy

  • : a worker who does very hard physical labor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of navvy

plural navvies

chiefly British

  1. :  an unskilled laborer

Origin of navvy

by shortening & alteration from navigator construction worker on a canal


First Known Use: circa 1834

Rhymes with navvy


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