day labor


Definition of day labor

1 : labor performed as a daily task : labor done or paid for by the day
2 : laborers hired by the day usually used of persons without special training

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of day labor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for day labor

Middle English dai labour

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About day labor

Time Traveler for day labor

Time Traveler

The first known use of day labor was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near day labor

day job

day labor

day laborer

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for day labor

Cite this Entry

“Day labor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!