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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Wong spent last New Year’s Eve alone in quarantine after a co-worker tested positive. Los Angeles Times, "Life in the pandemic in-between: Do we leap toward total freedom or tiptoe cautiously?," 10 Apr. 2021 Members of Congress shouldn’t have to tolerate a co-worker who flashes nudes for cred on the House floor, as Gaetz has reportedly done since arriving in Washington. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "What Kind of Monster Is Matt Gaetz?," 8 Apr. 2021 Riddick confronted a co-worker inside the fast-food restaurant and shot him in the chest, police said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man fatally shot co-worker at McDonald’s in Cuyahoga Falls, police say," 8 Apr. 2021 To go from seeing a friend and co-worker every workday — and sometimes outside of work — to never again is difficult. James Whitlow,, "‘He got along with everybody;’ man killed by car at Edgewood junkyard remembered as kind, generous," 5 Apr. 2021 Four years later, Butler, then a 24-year-old activist, was having lunch in Dudley Square with a co-worker in the conference room of the Women’s Inner City Circle., "A history of Black candidates running to be Boston’s mayor," 5 Apr. 2021 But Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Martin testified. Fox News, "Chauvin told bystander Floyd was ‘sizable guy,’ ‘probably on something’," 1 Apr. 2021 Three Connecticut residents including an Enfield man who saved a co-worker’s life after a B-17 bomber crashed at Bradley International Airport in 2019 will receive the Carnegie Medal for heroism, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced recently. Jessika Harkay,, "Enfield man who saved co-worker’s life after B-17 crash at Bradley International Airport awarded Carnegie Medal for heroism; one of 3 recipients from Connecticut," 31 Mar. 2021 But Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Martin testified. Steve Karnowski, Anchorage Daily News, "Trial video shows Minneapolis officer defending himself to bystander after pinning knee to George Floyd’s neck," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of worker

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

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The first known use of worker was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Worker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of worker

: a person who does a particular job to earn money
: a person who is actively involved in a particular activity
: a person whose job does not involve managing other people


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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