day laborer


Definition of day laborer

: one who works for daily wages especially as an unskilled laborer

Examples of day laborer in a Sentence

They hire day laborers to pick the apples.
Recent Examples on the Web One man who worked in construction as a day laborer was defrauded of about $50,000 and was chased by debt collectors. Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2022 An immigrant from Portugal and a former day laborer-turned-science teacher, Mr. Carvalho was lauded by school-board members as an administrator with both classroom experience and expertise running a large, urban district. Ben Chapman, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 The man charged with killing Eveyln Player at her East Baltimore church last month had been working there as a day laborer for a contractor, his attorney said. Jessica Anderson,, 6 Dec. 2021 Since the Taliban seized power and her husband’s work as a day laborer dried up, her family has survived on mostly bread and tea — meals that left her children’s stomachs gnawing with hunger. New York Times, 4 Dec. 2021 Rhodes was lowered onto a flatbed truck and then raced down the highway to a secret location, the empire builder now in the position of day laborer. Hedley Twidle, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Her father, Murad Khan, a day laborer who hasn’t found work in months and has eight children to feed, looks much older than his 55 years — his face is worn with worry. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 As a day laborer who was making $10 a week, Thomas didn’t have much money. Eric Stirgus, ajc, 29 Oct. 2021 Her husband, a day laborer, has had little work during the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of day laborer

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Day laborer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of day laborer

: a person who is hired for a day or more to do work that usually does not require special skills


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