co·​work·​er | \ˈkō-ˌwər-kər \
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worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons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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The show starts with her and her coworkers talking about work, clients, and her excitement for her upcoming date with a guy named John. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "10 Crucial Ways the Dirty John Show Is Different From the Podcast," 26 Nov. 2018 With the holidays comes the annual race to find the perfect gift for every person in your life, from your cool coworker to your finicky college roommate and your discerning brother-in-law. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "21 holiday gifts for people who like nice things," 15 Nov. 2018 No big changes are planned for now, but employees in Assemble’s Salem office may eventually join their new coworkers at Autodesk’s Boston hub., "Granite City Electric Supply to pay more than $2.3m to settle overbilling charges," 10 July 2018 Hulu Desiree Akhavan’s films are sharply thoughtful about the intersections of various forms of personal space — the ways that friends, lovers, family members, and coworkers all end up jumbled together in the modern world. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hulu’s queer comedy of manners explores sex and love in 2018 London.," 20 Nov. 2018 Emmy-award winner Jean Smart plays Arlene Hart, Debra's mother, and Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) will star as Newell's coworker Nancy. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Dirty John: Everything You Need to Know About the New Bravo Show," 25 Oct. 2018 The man who took a Horizon Air turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed it on Ketron Island Friday night was Richard Russell, a 29-year-old ground-service agent well liked by coworkers. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "How it unfolded: Full coverage of the Horizon Air crash and the man who stole the plane from Sea-Tac," 13 Aug. 2018 Mendez and coworkers Santos and Payne are part of a group of Marriott Downtown workers who are looking to unionize with hospitality union Unite Here. Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "Hotel housekeeping on demand: Marriott cleaners say this app makes their job harder," 2 July 2018 His experience has shaped his conversations with coworkers who've talked about leaving their unions. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Now they have a choice. Will California teachers and cops stay in their unions?," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of coworker

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

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