workingman

noun

work·​ing·​man ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio)
: one who works for wages usually at manual labor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Braque’s housepainter past has long been part of the Cubist mythos, often leveraged into a kind of workingman street cred, but here it is granted a particular and critical role. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 29 Dec. 2022 Those tweets helped cement Musk's reputation as a brash outsider, a workingman's billionaire, Grygiel said. David Klepper, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 Manchin used the snafu to further tar his wealthy opponent—who had supported NAFTA and opposed the minimum wage—as a fake friend of the workingman. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Blass owned a workingman’s hands, thick with scuffed, ashy knuckles. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Manchin used the snafu to further tar his wealthy opponent—who had supported NAFTA and opposed the minimum wage—as a fake friend of the workingman. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Manchin used the snafu to further tar his wealthy opponent—who had supported NAFTA and opposed the minimum wage—as a fake friend of the workingman. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Manchin used the snafu to further tar his wealthy opponent—who had supported NAFTA and opposed the minimum wage—as a fake friend of the workingman. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 Manchin used the snafu to further tar his wealthy opponent—who had supported NAFTA and opposed the minimum wage—as a fake friend of the workingman. Mary L. Trump, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of workingman was before the 12th century

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“Workingman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workingman. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

workingman

noun
work·​ing·​man ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio)
: one who works for wages usually at manual labor or in industry

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