navvy

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noun nav·vy \ˈna-vē\

Definition of navvy

plural

navvies

chiefly British

  1. :  an unskilled laborer

Origin and Etymology of navvy

by shortening & alteration from navigator construction worker on a canal


First Known Use: 1829


NAVVY Defined for English Language Learners

navvy

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noun nav·vy \ˈna-vē\

Definition of navvy for English Language Learners

  • : a worker who does very hard physical labor

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