Definition of field hand in US English:

field hand

noun

historical
  • A person employed as a farm laborer.

    • ‘Actually, by tradition Filipinas have been in charge not only of children but of family funds as well, even while functioning as field hands and small-item vendors or barterers.’
    • ‘Other resonant images are created by mobile scenic contraptions that represent a row of field hands stooping to pick crops and a towering factory loom.’
    • ‘Some found ready but low-paying employment as Pacific Coast migratory field hands and cannery workers.’
    • ‘Brisbane eventually sold his field hands as an act of divestiture for the sake of conscience, which only exacerbated animosity as it pricked the consciences of other slaveholders.’
    • ‘And the cancer risk does not just affect consumers; it also imperils tens of thousands of farmers, field hands, and migrant laborers.’
    • ‘The Union Leagues armed themselves, escorting field hands to the polls and punishing white employers who continued to use the whip as an instrument of labour discipline.’
    • ‘In the 1850s, able field hands brought $1,500; skilled artisans $3,000.’
    • ‘Often disguised as a field hand or poor farm wife, she led several spy missions herself, while directing others from Union lines.’
    • ‘Tubman was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation, and she labored as a field hand and house servant until 1849, when she escaped to freedom in the North.’
    • ‘She worked picking cotton, being a field hand, and then at Melrose Plantation moved from doing the laundry to cook and nanny for the Henry children.’
    • ‘This group included working mothers, copy editors, loggers, divorcées, construction workers, cashiers, field hands, bank clerks, tailors.’
    • ‘Wage rates per month in 1894 at Laupahoehoe Plantation were $14 per month for Asian and $16 for Portuguese field hands.’
    • ‘Distinctions were made between field hands, dominated by recent arrivals from Africa, and house slaves and craftsmen, often selected from the creole, or island-born, slave population.’
    • ‘Many Afro-Brazilians work as field hands on ranches and large plantations.’
    • ‘One local farmer tells me he gets his field hands from El Salvador - though I know this guest worker programme ended more than 20 years ago.’
    • ‘There was labour-related accounting being done; the intricate bonus system depended upon turnout statistics of individual field hands.’
    • ‘In late 1926, African workers fled from their positions as field hands on Portuguese-run maize farms in the central Mozambican districts of Manica and Chimoio.’
    • ‘Out in the plantations Dawson saw the field hands working, planting crops to be harvested in the summer.’
    • ‘A sharecropping arrangement featured the field hand living in the work camp and working for a minimum wage with a bonus superimposed at the time of harvest.’
    • ‘While there is a connection via name, that's about it for this tired tale of witch doctors, plantation ownership, zombie field hands, and forbidden thrill kill cults.’
    worker, factory worker, manual worker, unskilled worker, blue-collar worker, workman, workwoman, workperson, working man, labourer, operative, hired hand, hireling, roustabout, employee, artisan
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Pronunciation

field hand

/ˈfēl(d) ˈˌhand//ˈfil(d) ˈˌhænd/