workingman

noun

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

Examples of workingman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, denim was a workingman’s textile that women rarely wore. Nancy MacDonell, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2023 Ryan Gramlich, Dartmouth — Touchdown runs of 1, 9 and 6 yards punctuated a workingman’s performance for the junior, who amassed 79 yards on 17 carries for the Indians in a 25-13 win over Greater New Bedford. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 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

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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 21 May. 2024.

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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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