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

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Recent Examples on the Web Eugene gets that workman-like attitude from this father, Mandel Eugene Sr., who was a workhorse running back at East St. John in the early 90s. Joseph Halm,, "Blue-collar defense leads St. Charles to another state title game; is third time the charm?," 25 Dec. 2020 In the other dilemma, a driver of a runaway trolley heads toward five workmen on the track but can spare them by switching to another track that has only one workman on it. New York Times, "Judith Jarvis Thomson, Philosopher Who Defended Abortion, Dies at 91," 3 Dec. 2020 Defensive coordinator David Reeves appreciates the commitment and workman-like assertiveness that earned Brasher the admiration of his teammates. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Working Man’: Luke Brasher making most of senior season," 2 Oct. 2020 The Lakers, hoping to acquire its 17th NBA championship, have benefitted from LeBron James and Anthony Davis' workman-like attitude during these playoffs. Editors, USA TODAY, "Rosh Hashanah, Trump and Biden head to Minnesota, Nuggets-Lakers: 5 things to know Friday," 18 Sep. 2020 The workman doing the repairs had volunteered to help after her 38-year-old son, Shadi, was killed in the explosion. Washington Post, "Beirut needs billions of dollars it doesn’t have to rebuild after massive blast," 21 Aug. 2020 Thousands of plates, maps and photographs were missing; clearly, this was not the work of a patron or workman who had enjoyed a few minutes’ unfettered access. Travis Mcdade, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inside Story of the $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library," 18 Aug. 2020 For Rosa, a walk down a New York City street is a gantlet of catcalling workmen and displays of girlie magazines. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Tape’ Review: That’s (Not) Entertainment," 26 Mar. 2020 Covered in blue fabric — to match the iconic photographer’s personal uniform of a French workman’s jacket — and an image of the industry legend sitting on his bicycle, the collection covers five decades of style through Cunningham’s keen lens. Mary Sollosi,, "Quarantine Book Club: Mourning the Met Gala, fashion books keep me looking forward," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of workman

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

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“Workman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of workman

: a skilled worker (such as an electrician or carpenter)


work·​man | \ ˈwərk-mən How to pronounce workman (audio) \
plural workmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of workman

2 : a skilled worker (as a carpenter)

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