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1. A man who works for wages.
2. A man who performs heavy manual or industrial labor.


n, pl -men
a man who performs manual labour


(ˈwɜr kɪŋˌmæn)

n., pl. -men.
a man of the working class; a man, whether skilled or unskilled, who earns his living at some manual or industrial work.
usage: See -man.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.workingman - an employee who performs manual or industrial laborworkingman - an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
excavator - a workman who excavates for foundations of buildings or for quarrying
blaster, chargeman - a workman employed to blast with explosives
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
fuller - a workman who fulls (cleans and thickens) freshly woven cloth for a living
gas fitter - a workman who installs and repairs gas fixtures and appliances
guest worker, guestworker - a person with temporary permission to work in another country; "a Moroccan guestworker in Canada was accused of aiding terrorists"
heaver - a workman who heaves freight or bulk goods (especially at a dockyard)
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
lacer - a workman who laces shoes or footballs or books (during binding)
lather - a workman who puts up laths
Luddite - one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
factory worker, mill-hand - a workman in a mill or factory
mover - workman employed by a moving company; "the movers were very careful with the grand piano"
bagger, packer, boxer - a workman employed to pack things into containers
paster - a workman who pastes
disinfestation officer, rat-catcher - a workman employed to destroy or drive away vermin
road mender, roadman - a workman who is employed to repair roads
roundsman - a workman employed to make rounds (to deliver goods or make inspections or so on)
scratcher - a workman who uses a tool for scratching
shearer - a workman who uses shears to cut leather or metal or textiles
sponger - a workman employed to collect sponges
stamper - a workman whose job is to form or cut out by applying a mold or die (either by hand or by operating a stamping machine)
utility man - a workman expected to serve in any capacity when called on
warehouseman, warehouser - a workman who manages or works in a warehouse
wetter - a workman who wets the work in a manufacturing process


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I may also enjoy the precious privilege of assuring you of my fond, faithful, and unalterable affection, whenever you visit your favorite bower, unless, indeed, it offends your pride to listen to professions of love from the lips of a poor workingman, clad in a blouse and cap.
Whatever his private sorrows may be, a multimillionaire, like any other workingman, should keep abreast of his business.
The visitor of the night before was not a gentleman, neither was he a workingman.
He should pay folks off properly," a thin workingman, with frowning brows and a straggly beard, was saying.
For a moment she thought she saw in his face, bent now over the fire, the features of that original man whom we still recall every now and then, although we know only the clerk, barrister, Governmental official, or workingman variety of him.
The apron in which I had wrapped the writing-desk was the only approach I had made toward wearing the honorable uniform of the workingman.