day laborer

noun

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 Beside him stood Aydin Shahverdiyev, a 53-year-old day laborer from Umudlu, a village near Agdere. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "War uprooted them. Now it gives these Azerbaijanis hope," 9 Nov. 2020 Tzaj is a day laborer who makes $17 per hour doing construction work and does not even know if an attorney who helped him in 2018 applied for asylum for him. Star Tribune, "After surge and outcry, limbo for Central Americans," 1 Nov. 2020 Brown had spent 21 years in the Navy and had most recently worked as a day laborer. Washington Post, "U.S. Navy veteran ruled not competent to stand trial in Va. slaying," 30 Sep. 2020 Tenants must notify landlords in writing and provide documentation supporting their request for a rent reprieve, but Oliver says the employment agency where he was registered as a day laborer refused to get involved. Fernanda Santos, New York Times, "Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis," 30 Sep. 2020 Zoila fell fast for the soft-spoken day laborer, moving in with him last year just two weeks after their first date. Washington Post, "Live updates: U.S. cases nearly quadrupled during summer season," 8 Sep. 2020 Calvin Ross, 42, a construction day laborer, agreed. Washington Post, "‘Iowa’s Katrina’: Help is slow to come for storm-battered state, local officials and residents say," 18 Aug. 2020 Once the shirt reached stores in the Lower 48, any day laborer could have for just a dollar what before had required an exorbitant trip. Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the Hawaiian Shirt," 10 May 2020 Once the shirt reached stores in the Lower 48, any day laborer could have for just a dollar what before had required an exorbitant trip. Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the Hawaiian Shirt," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of day laborer

1528, in the meaning defined above

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“Day laborer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/day%20laborer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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day laborer

noun

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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