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went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons

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Examples of coworker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the shooting, Smith helped a coworker hide behind some trash cans, and tried to find cover himself. Natalie Gontcharova,, "In America, Getting Back To “Normal” Brings Fears Of More Mass Shootings," 23 Mar. 2021 One of the GoFundMe links included derogatory messages about police, and a coworker complained. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "Black Tech Employees Rebel Against ‘Diversity Theater’," 8 Mar. 2021 That means don’t hand over ballots to a well-meaning neighbor, coworker or friend who might be on their way to the election board office. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "It may be too late to return your absentee ballot by mail. Here's what to do instead.," 27 Oct. 2020 Kloth and Kevin Schneider, 39, of Milwaukee, were shot and killed by a coworker, Fraron Cornelius, 41, of Wauwatosa, at the Roundy's Distribution Center warehouse late in the evening of March 16. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visitation for Kevin Kloth, victim of Roundy's shooting, scheduled for Thursday," 23 Mar. 2021 In fact, babysitter Kailyn MacDonald, who looked after the couple's children after Stacy's death, says Josh was dating a coworker, Jennifer Elkins. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "S.C. nurse who fatally poisoned husband with eye drops: "I just wanted him to suffer"," 13 Mar. 2021 White attacked that coworker on his way off the property after meeting with supervisors and had to be tackled by several other coworkers to break up the altercation — all of which was captured on security cameras. Zach Murdock,, "Accused arsonist told police he needed to ‘cool off’ after fight hours before he firebombed ambulance facilities, court records show," 10 Mar. 2021 McKinlay worked part-time as a librarian, and a coworker asked her to help choose cupcakes for her wedding reception. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "For this author, killing people is easier than making them fall in love," 27 Feb. 2021 Dickerson's coworker captured the exchange on video. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Harris County police officer caught on video pulling gun, threatening to kill driver," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Coworker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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