navvy

noun
nav·​vy | \ ˈna-vē How to pronounce navvy (audio) \
plural navvies

Definition of navvy

chiefly British
: an unskilled laborer

First Known Use of navvy

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for navvy

by shortening & alteration from navigator construction worker on a canal

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The first known use of navvy was in 1829

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“Navvy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navvy. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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navvy

noun
How to pronounce navvy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of navvy

British : a worker who does very hard physical labor

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