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worker went out for drinks with her coworkers after work So instead of serving your family, friends and even co-workers outdated, calorie-laden foods, treat them to this new cuisine.— Charlotte Lyons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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The El Paso shooting took place a few days after a Walmart employee in Southaven, Miss., shot and killed two coworkers. Time, "Walmart Asks Shoppers to Stop Openly Carrying Guns in Stores in Wake of El Paso Mass Shooting," 3 Sep. 2019 Andrea Zamperoni, who had been a chef at Cipriani Dolci in Grand Central Station for nearly a decade, did not show up for work on Monday, causing coworkers to worry and alert law enforcement, the New York Police Department said. Fox News, "Missing Cipriani head chef's body found at hostel, police say," 23 Aug. 2019 The coworker notified the hotel’s management team, who contacted police. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Disgruntled cook with high-powered guns threatened mass shooting at Long Beach hotel, police say," 21 Aug. 2019 Amazon has long faced criticism over the working conditions in its fulfillment centers, where workers strive to remain marginally more useful than the package-sorting robot coworkers that will someday replace them. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction," 16 Aug. 2019 According to a charging affidavit, deputies began investigating Aug. 4 after a manager at Universal Studios reported having received an anonymous statement by the coworker. Jeff Weiner,, "Poinciana man who told coworker about ‘open relationship’ with teen boys arrested, deputies say," 7 Aug. 2019 Frazier and McReynolds, both of Sacramento, barricaded two coworkers under a table in their tent and then crawled out the back to help victims., "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Violence unfolded in seconds of terror and chaos," 29 July 2019 The coworker was disciplined, and the texts stopped. Elisabeth Sherman, Glamour, "What Sweetbitter Gets Right—and Wrong—About Toxic Restaurant Culture," 15 July 2019 And also the right for a Google worker to bring a coworker or other supporter in to an HR investigation, because that can be a very daunting process. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018

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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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