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

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Recent Examples on the Web In a daguerreotype taken c. 1847, Granger is pictured wearing his workman's apron. CBS News, "Thomas Jefferson, architect," 18 Jan. 2020 But the telescope that Descartes designed, the telescope Leibniz longed for, proved impossible for Descartes’s workmen to manufacture. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "The Imperfect Telescope," 7 Jan. 2020 Wright rebuilt his private living quarters twice - the first time after the 1914 massacre of his mistress, her two children and four workmen; the second time after an electrical fire. Andrea Sachs,, "On the trail of Frank Lloyd Wright in Illinois and Wisconsin," 11 Sep. 2019 The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak by recording a workman-like 110-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday at Fiserv Forum. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 110, Magic 101: Winning streak reaches 15 games," 9 Dec. 2019 The article also mentioned a legend that, after Master’s death in 1796, a workman saw him shackled and riding on horseback, begging for mercy, with three imps following him. Akira Kyles,, "Grave marker of Carroll County settler, infamous slave owner replaced; historical society takes in old ledger," 24 Nov. 2019 Midfielders - Declan Rice is set to be the holding midfielder, as should be the case after his workman-like displays for West Ham United., "How England Should Line Up at the 2020 European Championships if They Want Goals, Goals & More Goals," 30 Aug. 2019 On July 8, Marie Cecile Flageul, a curator at the Museum of Street Art (MoSA), woke up to two workmen whitewashing part of the wall on which the mural was painted; the image of Price himself had so far remained intact. Hannah Dreyfus, New York Times, "How the Fate of a Rapper’s Mural Lit a Fuse in Crown Heights," 2 Aug. 2019 The library will be closed that morning, allowing the workmen to begin at 5 a.m. and work until noon., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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dull or mediocre

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