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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).]
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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)]
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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]
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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
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navvy

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

navvy

[ˈnævɪ] N (Brit) → peón m caminero
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navvy

[ˈnævi] n (British)terrassier m
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navvy

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

[ˈnævɪ] n (Brit) → sterratore m, manovale m
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References in classic literature ?
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. And, the rollers now white from the lime, I'd just seen what was wrong.
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.
His proper trade's a navvy; and he works at it sometimes too--for exercise--and earns good money at it.
Rosie was celebrating her golden wedding but she could make a navvy blush with her colourful turn of phrase.
Peter and Alex find out what life was like as a navvy, working in all weathers to dig thousands of miles of iron roads.
There was a post office, canteen, billiard room, workshops, stables, train sheds, sawmill, stores, offices, navvy mission hall seating 260, guild room, isolation hospital and a shanty building with bunks for casual workers.
First order of the day for Annie is to find a roof to sleep under, but she's forced to take in some grubby, rowdy navvy workmen as lodgers.
"Annie learns about this navvy town 15 miles away so they get on a train and go out there," explains the writer.
Foreman Ralph BODY OF WORK: Johnny finds a navvy dead CASH CRISIS: Annie, George and Martha
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.
At Beamish Museum, a first World War battle bus and an 1918 Erie steam navvy were some of the classic vehicles on show at the Great North Steam Fair, which also runs until Sunday.