Definition of navvy in English:

navvy

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Pronunciation: /ˈnavi
 
/

noun (plural navvies)

British dated
A labourer employed in the excavation and construction of a road, railway, or canal.
More example sentences
  • Over the decade which followed, it spread to every section of the working class-miners, iron workers, canal navvies, wool and cotton operatives, builders, seamen, land workers.
  • The British inland waterway system, flourishing in the early nineteenth century, was staffed by a large body of bargees who, like the railway navvies, earned an unenviable reputation for roughness.
  • He was a navvy and had been employed at the new railway which was in the course of construction between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Origin

early 19th century: abbreviation of navigator (which was formerly also used in this sense).

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