work·man | \ˈwərk-mən \

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Snyder, 41, pursued her into the home and shot and killed a neighbor, a visitor and a workman, who by later accounts had tried to help his wife. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Maryland man who killed 3 in neighbor’s home was subject of 2014 domestic violence case," 14 May 2018 And, in what was to become one of the most frustrating archaeological discoveries ever, the workmen also found approximately 2,000 papyrus scrolls. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 There were 14 children in a small house, and no workman’s comp. Carl Nolte,, "Online search opens door to unforgettable meeting with relatives in Ireland," 16 June 2018 One workman said the crews would continue spraying the boat through the night., "May 28, 1964: Ship aground on Silver Strand," 28 May 2018 Some directions were left up to workmen of the day to interpret. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building," 30 May 2018 Later, a group of black workmen dug up the bodies and reburied them to properly honor the fallen. Felice León, The Root, "Black People Created Memorial Day—Literally," 28 May 2018 That was apparent in behind-the-scenes agonizing over the issue of workmen’s compensation for players. ... Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Michigan coach's athlete payment plan to invest in stocks has its holes," 12 May 2018 All the while, they were kept company by a stray, nearly feral, dog, who wandered over and ate anything the workmen left behind from their lunch. Sheryl Julian,, "From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of workman

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of workman

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


work·man | \ˈwərk-mən \
plural workmen\-mən \

Kids Definition of workman

2 : a skilled worker (as a carpenter)

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to reject or criticize sharply

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