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worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons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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In the first incident, both Hardy and her coworker claimed that Seacrest slapped her buttocks, which produced a welt hours later. Natalie Stone,, "Ryan Seacrest Denies Former Stylist's 'Horrible' Claims That He Sexually Assaulted Her," 27 Feb. 2018 Fans have begun commenting on the Calvin Klein account, the account for Simons’s eponymous brand, and the accounts of his coworkers with broken and black hearts. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Departs Calvin Klein," 22 Dec. 2018 Wait for your coworkers' passive-aggressive comments to roll in. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Get Your Head In The Game With This Office Cocoon," 8 Mar. 2016 There’s a lot of videos of waterfalls and my young coworkers in traffic. . Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "How One Honolulu-Based Artist Gets Dressed to Work in Paradise," 7 Mar. 2019 A few weeks later, my coworker accepted a position at the home office and moved to New York. Crystal Ponti, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Actually Like To Be Stalked by Joe," 12 Feb. 2019 Asger regularly has to field other calls or questions from coworkers in between hearing directly from someone in the Iben situation, but every time the phone rings audience pulses quicken. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling," 21 Oct. 2018 According to her coworkers, that compulsion presents itself in obsessive preparation. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Introducing Kate McKinnon, Movie Star," 26 June 2018 Secret Santa and similar traditions allow family members (or coworkers, or friends) to buy just one gift while infusing the gift-giving with an element of surprise and fun. Carmen Wong Ulrich, Good Housekeeping, "Spend Less, Give More," 15 Nov. 2011

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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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