One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US. Usually with capital initial. A member or supporter of the Working Men's Party, a short-lived political party of the early 19th cent. which advocated the interests of the working class. Chiefly in plural Now historical.
2More generally: a worker, especially a manual labourer. Frequently Scottish in later use.
Mid 19th century. From work + -y.
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