work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Definition of worker

1a : one that works especially at manual or industrial labor or with a particular material a factory worker often used in combination
b : a member of the working class
2 : any of the sexually underdeveloped and usually sterile members of a colony of social ants, bees, wasps, or termites that perform most of the labor and protective duties of the colony

Examples of worker in a Sentence

The company is planning to hire 200 workers. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike. They are both hard workers.
Recent Examples on the Web That woman noticed her co-worker had suffered a medical episode while behind the wheel. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 13 May 2022 Luckily, Rabyor said her co-worker was driving next to her and was the first person seen in the video getting out of her car. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Phil was my teacher, my friend, my co-worker, my support, my guru. Sasha Urban, Variety, 10 May 2022 However, switching roles for more money is more likely among low-income or entry-level workers/jobs than your average- or higher-income worker. Shane Green, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Pendleton emphasizes that any company can equalize its worker's salaries without having to spend more money as annual payroll expenses won’t change. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Meanwhile, 16 businesses in the group carried out share buybacks worth some $50 billion, enough to have raised the annual pay of their median worker by about 40%, Brookings found. Katia Dmitrieva,, 21 Apr. 2022 Lauren Sanger Bradway, Sanger's daughter, said her father was a hard worker who loved his job. NBC News, 3 May 2022 Lindsay King, another supporter of unionization at the Towson store, has been a retail worker there for more than 11 years. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of worker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 May 2022

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“Worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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work·​er | \ ˈwər-kər How to pronounce worker (audio) \

Kids Definition of worker

1 : a person who works cafeteria workers He's a good worker.
2 : one of the members of a colony of bees, ants, wasps, or termites that do most of the work of the colony

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