field hand


Definition of field hand

: an outdoor farm laborer

Examples of field hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is Shepard Mallory, a field hand who was one of three slaves who sought sanctuary at Fort Monroe in 1861, and Confederate Army Major John B. Cary, who came to the fort to retrieve Mallory and the other men. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Present-day homes include grand farm estates as well as more modest field hand houses turned residential homes. Christina Tkacik,, 19 Aug. 2021 According to Encyclopedia Britannica, she was forced to work from a young age, alternatively acting as a nursemaid, a field hand, a cook and a woodcutter. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 And now, so do UPS drivers, and postal workers, and agricultural field hands, and hospital orderlies, and a whole range of people whose jobs require them to continue to work with others despite the dangers and lockdowns. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Apr. 2020 Her empathetic portraits of African-American field hands shine a light on a system of peonage that predated and outlasted the 1930s. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 Unlike heroin, cocaine or marijuana, the distributor explained, fentanyl didn’t require farmland, crops, sunshine, rain or field hands. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2019 Most fans know Beckham was taped after the NCAA championship game on the field handing out what appears to be money to some LSU players. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 16 Jan. 2020 At that time, Mexicans were largely excluded from jobs other than working as field hands. Erin Stone, azcentral, 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of field hand

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of field hand was in 1774

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“Field hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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: a person who is hired to work on a farm : farmhand

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