co·​work·​er | \ ˈkō-ˌwər-kər How to pronounce coworker (audio) \
variants: or co-worker
plural coworkers or co-workers

Definition of coworker

: one who works with another : a fellow worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons

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Synonyms for coworker


associate, colleague, confrere (also confrère)

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Police say Gonzalez’s coworker, Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, 21, of Hialeah, hit Udell on the head with a wooden mallet and set her on fire with acetone while his partner was outside. Andrew Boryga,, "911 call released in deadly attack on Boca Raton woman: ‘I heard a lot of screaming’," 21 Aug. 2019 Bob Sutton and Holly Hall Tate were coworkers a few years back when Sutton concocted a great simple syrup recipe to make old-fashioned cocktails easy. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Five Houston-area companies compete in H-E-B food contest," 9 Aug. 2019 Dalia Martinez, a food production worker in the Chicago area, said her employer gave her and some of her coworkers 60 days to resolve any discrepancies with the Social Security Administration after the company received letters. Javonte Anderson,, "Letters to employers about Social Security numbers target immigrants, Chicago unions, elected officials say," 25 July 2019 Alison Quin is pitch-perfect as coworker Susan, an ambitious and romantically restless fellow vice president who comes on strong to Josh from the beginning, leading to some hilarious misunderstandings. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Big’ in Berkeley shows not every movie should be a musical," 24 June 2019 Jon Stewart is standing by his former Daily Show coworker Samantha Bee. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Jon Stewart Defends Samantha Bee’s Controversial Ivanka Trump Joke," 4 June 2018 Empathize with your boss and coworkers, who will likely take turns being excited for you and nervous about what your impending departure means for them. Paul Mcdonald, Quartz at Work, "How to resign gracefully," 19 July 2019 This narrative came out and pitted you against Gayle King, who has been a close coworker of yours for years. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Norah O'Donnell Has a New Job. She's Been Preparing for It Since Age 10," 12 July 2019 Nielsen received donations primarily from his coworkers. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Phoenix YouTuber says it took common cents to build record-setting pyramid," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of coworker

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coworker was circa 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of coworker

: a person who works at the place where you work : someone you work with

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