work·​man ˈwərk-mən How to pronounce workman (audio)

Examples of workman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the billing, Kurt Jordan said the fire department dragged its feet in supplying information about department salaries needed to comply with a workman’s comp insurance audit. Amy Lavalley, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2024 Yeah, a lot of them were supposedly just thrown away, or burned, even, for heat by the workmen, these 18th-century workmen who had first uncovered them. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2024 As the son of a saddle maker, Kant would have led a workman’s life himself, had a pastor not suggested the bright lad deserved some higher education. Susan Neiman, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 La Serenissima retorted by sending an assassin to France; two of those workmen mysteriously wound up dead. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 Managers told the inspector workmen would be coming to address the problem by the following week. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 The shrine, with candles, goblets and cinema memorabilia, was uncovered when workmen were laying new cables. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 24 Jan. 2024 The Indian women provide a sharp contrast to the workmen in the Tsukiji wholesale fish market in Tokyo, who can be seen taking naps on the concrete platforms at 2 or 3 in the morning, curled up against giant sharks that look no less menacing for being dead. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 People still flocked to the fair grounds, and policemen were busy keeping the idly curious out of the way of the workmen. ... Eula Calahan, Arkansas Online, 15 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Workman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


work·​man ˈwərk-mən How to pronounce workman (audio)
: a skilled worker (as an electrician or carpenter)
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