worker

noun work·er \ ˈwər-kər \
Updated on: 13 Jan 2018

Definition of worker

1 a : 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

  1. The company is planning to hire 200 workers.

  2. The average worker earned $1,000 more this year.

  3. If management doesn't make the changes, the workers will go on strike.

  4. They are both hard workers.

Recent Examples of worker from the Web

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First Known Use of worker

14th century

worker Synonyms

Synonyms
dogsbody [chiefly British], drone, drudge, drudger, fag, foot soldier, grub, grubber, grunt, laborer, peon, plugger, slavey, slogger, toiler, slave
Antonyms
employer, gaffer [British]
Related Words
workhorse; coolie, serf
Near Antonyms
goldbrick, shirker; drone, idler, lazybones, loafer, slouch, slug, sluggard


WORKER Defined for English Language Learners

worker

noun

Definition of worker for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WORKER Defined for Kids

worker

noun work·er \ ˈwər-kər \

Definition of worker for Students

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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