navvy


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nav·vy

 (năv′ē)
n. pl. nav·vies Chiefly British
A laborer, especially one employed in construction or excavation projects.

[Short for navigator, canal laborer (obsolete).]

navvy

(ˈnævɪ)
n, pl -vies
informal Brit a labourer on a building site, excavations, etc
[C19: shortened from navigator, builder of a navigation (sense 4)]

nav•vy

(ˈnæv i)

n., pl. -vies.
Brit. Informal. an unskilled manual laborer.
[1825–35; earlier, a laborer employed in canal excavation; nav(igator) in same sense (compare obsolete or dial. navigation a canal) + -y2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.navvy - a laborer who is obliged to do menial worknavvy - a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

navvy

noun labourer, worker, ganger, workman, manual worker, hand He spent 18 months doing navvy's work on a building site.
Translations

navvy

[ˈnævɪ] N (Brit) → peón m caminero

navvy

[ˈnævi] n (British)terrassier m

navvy

n (Brit) → Bauarbeiter(in) m(f); (on road also) → Straßenarbeiter(in) m(f)

navvy

[ˈnævɪ] n (Brit) → sterratore m, manovale m
References in classic literature ?
Then his round eyes rolled to the large white lettering on the window above his head, and then strayed to the next table, at which sat only a navvy with beer and cheese, and a young girl with red hair and a glass of milk.
Equally right or wrong is he who says that Napoleon went to Moscow because he wanted to, and perished because Alexander desired his destruction, and he who says that an undermined hill weighing a million tons fell because the last navvy struck it for the last time with his mattock.
He stood there, in Norfolk jacket, pigskin puttees, and all the rest of the fashionable get-up out of a bandbox, sneering at me covered with filth and grease to the eyebrows and looking like a navvy.
Up stepped Robert Metcalf, a navvy on the sight with his magnifying glass to light the flame from the sun, and the locomotion was ready for this first historic journey.
This is especially if the individual with this rare cancer is a US Navy Veteran, who worked in the engine room, in the machine shop on board a US Navy ship, or as part of a maintenance crew left onboard their ship for an overhaul, or retrofit at a US Navvy shipyard.
A one-V navy, sea patrol, A two-V navvy, British prole, But I'll bet you have too much savvy to claim you saw a three-V navvvy.
AFIRST World War battle bus and an 1918 Erie steam navvy are some of the classic vehicles on show at Beamish's Great North Steam Fair.
However, they were more commonly referred to as 'navigators' which was shortened to navvy which has become synonymous with a negative image.
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The centre spread of Lot-o'-Fun had 40 pictures plus a couple of hundred words and across those pages marched drunks and tramps and surprising characters like Wotto the War Artist and Ned the Navvy.
He worked as a navvy, he taught in schools, and lectured as a university extension lecturer.
If a middleaged woman swears like a navvy at him he will know he is emulating student behaviour to perfection.