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worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons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 Examples of potential choices for professional references include a current or former boss, a coworker, a direct report, a client or a customer. Cathy Lanzalaco, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Instead of a confrontation, your coworker opens up about their struggles and experiences. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The man said he and the coworker had been involved in an ongoing dispute. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 The bride invited a work colleague from the next cubicle over in January 2020, yet enough time elapsed between the original wedding date and the rescheduled one that the coworker got a new job and left their company. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 21 Jan. 2022 These thimble-sized toys make unique stocking stuffers for the holiday season, birthday gifts, and just-for-fun gifts for any friend, family member, coworker, or for your own personal collection. Malia Griggs, SELF, 2 Apr. 2022 Then Carmen’s coworker, junior editor Harvey Stern, wants her help in pitching a new series. Oline H. Cogdill,, 16 Mar. 2022 Gutenberg says an important component of reaching your goals is receiving feedback, whether that’s from a coworker, spouse, or tracking device. Carol Milberger, Wired, 11 Mar. 2022 Harris’ coworker, DeAngelo Byrd — also a college friend — can be heard cackling with delight as the reporter admonishes his surprise visitor. Tiffini Theisen,, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Coworker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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