work·​ing·​man | \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio) \

Definition of workingman

: one who works for wages usually at manual labor

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Recent Examples on the Web The gradual evolution from workingman’s pub to a coed tavern., "The lunchtime crowd was light at the venerable Jamaica Plain pub on Tuesday, but the voice of the storied barroom’s owner was heavy and somber when he confirmed the rumors later in the day: Doyle’s, whose rich and colorful history stretches to the late 1800s, is approaching its last call.," 11 Sep. 2019 An upright fluorescent tube leaning against a wall, silently glowing between two work-boots of cast concrete on the floor and suddenly phallic, coaxes out the distinctly masculine, workingman ethos of Minimalism’s first generation. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid," 17 July 2019 In the first edition, he is shown bearded, casually dressed in an unbuttoned workingman’s shirt, one hand in his pocket, the other on his hip, wearing a black slouch hat. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 27 May 2019 As interesting as all these craft brews can be, beer is supposed to be a workingman’s libation. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The realm of workingman’s rock ’n’ roll has seemed to suit Eddie Money. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Eddie Money cashes in with new TV series, fresh music," 25 Apr. 2018 Workwear is having an undeniable moment in men’s fashion right now, led—rightfully—by one of the most OG workingman brands out there: Dickies. Samuel Hine, GQ, "Here’s Your Exclusive First Look at Dickies’ Next Big Fashion Collab," 30 May 2018 Then, the two-story Gothic Revival-style home measured just 1,100 square feet and was considered a workingman’s cottage. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A major renovation improved 1872 Walker's Point home but kept the Gothic Revival charm," 3 May 2018 Blue collar rock ’n’ roll was somebody like me, or a Southside Johnny or a Bob Seger, or like a Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels — just like workingman’s rock ’n’ roll, nothing fancy. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Eddie Money cashes in with new TV series, fresh music," 25 Apr. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Workingman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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work·​ing·​man | \ ˈwər-kiŋ-ˌman How to pronounce workingman (audio) \
plural workingmen\ -​ˌmen \

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