Definition of workingman in US English:


nounPlural workingmen

North American
  • A man who works for wages, especially in manual or industrial work.

    • ‘When a mechanics' union campaigned for workingmen's interests in 1828, it was a signal advance for cobblers and their kind.’
    • ‘One of our own American presidents, Rutherford Hayes, a few years back wrote that progress was the improvement in the condition of the workingmen of the world.’
    • ‘He intended his social programs to divert workingmen from revolutionary socialism and purchase their loyalty to the Kaiser's regime, and to a large extent he seems to have achieved his objectives.’
    • ‘I have sent hundreds of forms out now to workingmen's clubs, residents' associations and homes across Swindon, and I am more than encouraged by the response so far.’
    • ‘Try asking a liberal to support letting the workingman put a portion of his Social Security tax into a private account.’
    • ‘The stables for the horses were well kept and warm, as the horses were almost as important as the workingmen.’
    • ‘Attention to respectability and temperance offers a way to understand how gender and class shaped collective action and how workingmen and women incorporated their gender identities and interests into the institutions they built.’
    • ‘Around the same time, the term ‘gloomy old men’ gained popularity with stand-up comics, and the previously lauded workingmen with brows knit from their laborious efforts fell out of favor and were no longer respected.’
    • ‘Acutely conscious that ‘vast numbers of people, by settling in Chicago, had given immense value to the Peck estate,’ he worked hard to reciprocate by promoting philanthropic and workingmen's associations.’
    • ‘As these stories hint, workingmen's drinking practices, and the efforts to curb them, occurred on a terrain defined not only by class but also gender.’
    • ‘Both were ordinary workingmen who found themselves needed to perform a secret mission that could make a difference in ending the war.’
    • ‘The crowd howled with honest workingmen's indignation and contempt at the unfairness.’
    • ‘Chinese workingmen and women are dying at a higher rate than their counterparts in Victorian England or turn-of-the-century America, and, until now, the world has been paying little attention.’
    • ‘Brian has been in the business for more years than he cares to or can remember, working in pubs and workingmen's clubs.’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century British society distinguished clearly between aristocrats, gentlemen, and common workingmen.’
    • ‘Southern urban workingmen, far less organized or numerous, nonetheless went to battle, oftentimes to defend states' rights, or (some have argued) to prevent the use of slaves in industry.’
    • ‘The old workingmen's houses, once solid, were losing mortar or siding.’
    • ‘They included many who were poor; however, they were also drawn from New York City's artisans, the workingmen of Philadelphia, and the ‘new men’ merchants and entrepreneurs of Baltimore.’
    • ‘Commenting on a demand by Northern workingmen for universal public education, the Southern Review asked: ‘Is this the way to produce producers?’’
    • ‘The idea of tariff protection commends itself to the masses of workingmen, because to them it seems to have at least the merit of ‘keeping work in the country’.’
    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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