Definition of workman in US English:



  • 1A man employed to do manual labor.

    • ‘The tide had reached the ship, and now the workmen labouring about the hull were ankle deep in water.’
    • ‘The employer, notionally, gives the workman an unshaped plank of wood, and receives in return a plank that has been sawn and nailed.’
    • ‘The directory even lists hourly rates charged by the workmen - a big bonus if you're on a tight budget.’
    • ‘One can readily understand an indemnity against claims brought by workmen in respect of plant or tools belonging to the workmen.’
    • ‘Even today workmen in Coldstones Quarry occasionally cut through old mining levels.’
    • ‘Most claims by workmen against their employers are paid for by a trade union.’
    • ‘We believe that it is okay to charge for healing based on the doctrine, ‘The workman is worthy of his hire.’’
    • ‘Shipwrights now required a labour force of workmen with a different set of skills who could saw to length and fit a ship together according to plan.’
    • ‘The workmen are believed to have been employed by North Yorkshire County Council.’
    • ‘Staff were faced with a huge mopping-up operation and workmen were called in to repair the roof.’
    • ‘He is in receipt of workmen's compensation and has additional income from occasional employment.’
    • ‘Fairly accurate records were kept of the hours spent by the various workmen employed on the project.’
    • ‘We spent a fair bit of time up there on the roof, measuring this and that, and my father was explaining how he wanted things done to his workmen.’
    • ‘Most of the excavation work will be on the verges but traffic management systems will be in operation on the roads to protect workmen.’
    • ‘The leaks may have been caused by bad workmanship or by movement caused by workmen on the roof doing maintenance.’
    • ‘One by one the quarries closed and the workmen were forced to find other employment.’
    • ‘The centre is closed temporarily while workmen carry out major work including the installation of a lift.’
    • ‘The council argue they have been working hard to resolve the issue but Charlotte is refusing to let workmen access the property to repair the damage.’
    • ‘According to residents no workmen had been seen working there since last week, but they were told to expect them back next Monday.’
    • ‘Town councillors claim workmen continued with the removal even after being warned that they were taking away new crosses.’
    worker, manual worker, labourer, hand, operative, operator
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    1. 1.1with adjective A person with specified skill in a job or craft.
      ‘you check it through, like all good workmen do’
      • ‘If there is a bad set of specifications and a bad set of materials no good workman can fix the problem, because it is intrinsically defective.’
      • ‘Why can you not attribute to the skilled workman the trade or professional equivalent of Halsbury's Laws of England?’
      • ‘Skilled workmen then cut out the designs in sheet steel and hauled them to the site for assembly.’
      • ‘He was a good and industrious workman in the shop, but both he and his wife were grossly intemperate at home.’
      • ‘And it's not like he makes a skilled workman's decision.’
      • ‘The gearbox had to be removed and, as no spare part was readily available and we wanted to get home to Tyrone, the clutch arm had to be welded up and ground to size by a very skilled workman.’
      • ‘A skilled workman, Paddy was always working with his hands at home or with the neighbours.’
      • ‘I have no idea what he would have made of his pupil, but he's a really good workman with a delicate sense of lyricism.’
      • ‘But where does the skilled workman or the skilled addressee stand in the spectrum?’
      machinist, operator, machine operator, mechanic, engineer, driver, worker, hand, factory hand, artisan, craftsman, craftswoman, blue-collar worker
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