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worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons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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Examples of coworker in a Sentence

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Still, Blake is mourning the loss of his longtime coworker and professional frenemy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's What Blake Shelton Thinks About Adam Levine Leaving 'The Voice'," 25 May 2019 Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s coworker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s prince fiancé. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Here's Every Netflix Original Christmas Movie Coming This Winter," 18 Oct. 2018 During a Monday night demonstration on MLB Network, analyst Sean Casey hit a line drive right in the face of coworker Bill Ripken, who was throwing him soft toss pitches. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "That's gotta hurt! Bill Ripken gets hit in the face with Sean Casey line drive on MLB Network," 22 May 2018 Aceves, who was arrested while picking up coworkers in Wasco, Calif., spent just under a week in detention. Andrea Castillo,, "ICE arrests farmworkers, sparking fears in the Central Valley over immigrants and the economy," 31 Mar. 2018 Cicale and the woman had been coworkers at the Islip town attorney's office. Hanna Krueger,, "Judge admits to serial underwear theft, faces 15 years in prison: report," 31 Mar. 2018 And, lately, every single pink onesie-wearing newborn on my Facebook newsfeed has a name starting with an E. Every blogger has a daughter named Eleanor; every coworker of mine has chosen Everett or Emerson or Eva. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Here's Why Every Baby Girl You Know Has a Name Starting With "E"," 6 Feb. 2017 After all, there's no coworker down the hall inviting you to happy hour. Kristi Dosh, Woman's Day, "10 Surprising Challenges of Working from Home," 1 Sep. 2016 Your Thoughts How often do your coworkers appear to have higher levels of anxiety? Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work," 9 May 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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