navvy

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noun nav·vy \ ˈna-vē \

Definition of navvy

plural navvies
chiefly British
:an unskilled laborer

Origin and Etymology of navvy

by shortening & alteration from navigator construction worker on a canal


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navvy

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Definition of navvy for English Language Learners

  • : a worker who does very hard physical labor


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