Definition of labourer in English:


(US laborer)


  • A person doing unskilled manual work for wages:

    ‘a farm labourer’
    • ‘This law excluded Chinese laborers, both skilled and unskilled, from entering the United States for ten years.’
    • ‘A construction labourer was killed and another sustained injuries when a private bus hit their motorcycle in Vazhapadi here on Sunday.’
    • ‘Authorities say the trio offered the day laborers work and then drove them to secluded areas to rob them at knifepoint.’
    • ‘‘I am just a widower looking after his three children; a poor labourer who gets by picking olives and minding the vegetable patch,’ he told reporters.’
    • ‘Also with the highest overall injury rate, the region's laborers were the most likely to face physical risk.’
    • ‘They say the system is broken and it is creating hardship for day laborers and their families.’
    • ‘Officials said that the labourers lived in overcrowded conditions with no proper sanitation facilities.’
    • ‘Only the large and very large farms, 17 per cent of the total, were large enough to require the employment of a permanent labourer.’
    • ‘The indigenous Irish community were to be employed as labourers in the colony.’
    • ‘It is the laborer who produces things for the consumer to buy and for the capitalist to profit from.’
    • ‘Mr Rooney was a labourer, with little employment to be had around Croxteth.’
    • ‘By industry and thrift, labourers would have the chance to buy their own land.’
    • ‘Industrial and agricultural child labourers work long, monotonous hours, with few breaks.’
    • ‘The labourers employed there had also worked in Queensland and Fiji, where they had used pidgin English.’
    • ‘Through the Bootham-based Youth Enquiry Service he has the chance of a room in a shared house, which could lead to employment as a labourer.’
    • ‘He became a press operator and then moved into the building trade as a labourer until an industrial injury on a building site left him unable to continue.’
    • ‘The work of construction laborers is closely related to other construction occupations.’
    • ‘Most of these child labourers work under the nose of senior government officials.’
    • ‘Most construction laborers learn informally on the job, but becoming an apprentice can really pay off.’
    • ‘It also employs labourers to help clear sites, providing pay that enables Afghan men to put food on the table for their families.’
    workman, worker, working man, hand, manual worker, unskilled worker, blue-collar worker, hired hand, hired man, roustabout, labouring man, drudge, menial
    mazdoor, khalasi
    mechanic, cottier
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