Definition of worker in English:


Syllabification: work·er
Pronunciation: /ˈwərkər


1A person or animal that works, in particular.
1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A person who does a specified type of work or who works in a specified way: a farm worker she’s a good worker
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  • Migrant farm workers are hired temporarily, usually for a harvest.
  • The Royal Mail sacked the two postal workers on the grounds that they had taken " excessive " sick leave.
  • Farmers want timely admission of an adequate number of temporary foreign farm workers.
1.2An employee, especially one who does manual or nonexecutive work.
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  • In 1911 over three-quarters of Britain's employed population were manual workers.
  • The most admired vocations are manual workers such as cook or driver.
  • That will mean a harsh deal for manual workers who can't physically work beyond 60 or 65.
employee, member of staff, working man/woman;
workman, laborer, workingman, hand, operative, operator;
artisan, craftsman, craftswoman;
wage earner, breadwinner
1.3 (workers) Used in Marxist or leftist contexts to refer to the working class.
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  • He told us about its working class program, workers ' rights and the world political situation.
  • In its place will come the class of productive workers, the working class, that has been up until today oppressed.
  • Therefore, the future of the urban working class and workers and peasants in rural areas will be a key issue.
1.4 informal A person who works hard: I got a reputation for being a worker
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  • The guy is a worker, there's no doubt he's a worker.
  • He may not have great size, but he's a worker.
hard worker, toiler, workhorse
informal busy bee, eager beaver, workaholic, wheel horse
1.5(In social insects such as bees, wasps, ants, and termites) a neuter or undeveloped female that is a member of what is usually the most numerous caste and does the basic work of the colony.
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  • Polybia occidentalis workers engaged in social biting with nest mates.
  • In autumn, the larvae emerge as adult workers and begin enlarging the colony.
  • When there is an influx of nectar into the nest, the colony deploys more workers for foraging.
2A person who produces or achieves a specified thing: a worker of miracles
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  • Dowie was already regarded as little short of a miracle worker for his achievements under particularly difficult circumstances at Oldham Athletic.
  • Having said that, they may not be miracle workers, but acupuncturists have brought relief to many ailing patients.
  • Lentils are miracle workers, packed full of goodness, grains are full of fibre and great energy boosters, and we all know what beans do for you.

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