Definitions for laborer

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•bor*ˈleɪ bər(n.)

  1. productive activity, esp. for the sake of economic gain.

  2. the body of persons engaged in such activity, esp. those working for wages.

  3. this body of persons considered as a class

    Ref: (distinguished from management ).

  4. physical or mental work, esp. of a hard or fatiguing kind.

  5. a job or task done or to be done.

  6. the uterine contractions of childbirth. the interval from the onset of these contractions to childbirth.

    Category: Medicine

  7. (v.i.)to perform labor; work.

  8. to strive, as toward a goal; work hard (often fol. by for):

    to labor for peace.

  9. to move slowly and with effort.

  10. to function at a disadvantage (usu. fol. by under):

    to labor under a misapprehension.

  11. to undergo childbirth.

    Category: Medicine

  12. to roll or pitch heavily, as a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  13. (v.t.)to develop or dwell on in excessive detail:

    Don't labor the point.

  14. to burden or tire.

  15. (adj.)of or pertaining to workers, their associations, or working conditions:

    labor reforms.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: Also, esp. Brit., labour .

* Syn: See work.Usage: See -or1.

Origin of labor:

1250–1300; ME < MF < L labor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack(noun)

    someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. laborer(noun)ˈeɪbɚɚ

    a person who does physical work

    migrant laborers


  1. laborer(Noun)

    One who uses body strength instead of intellectual power to earn a wage, usually hourly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laborer(noun)

    one who labors in a toilsome occupation; a person who does work that requires strength rather than skill, as distinguished from that of an artisan


  1. Laborer

    A laborer or labourer — see variation in English spelling — is a person who does one of the construction trades, traditionally considered unskilled manual labor, as opposed to skilled labor. In the division of labor, laborers have all blasting, hand tools, power tools, air tools, and small heavy equipment, and act as assistants to other trades, e.g., operators or cement masons. The 1st century BC engineer Vitruvius writes in detail about laborer practices at that time. In his experience a good crew of laborers is just as valuable as any other aspect of construction. Other than the addition of pneumatics, laborer practices have changed little. With the advent of advanced technology and its introduction into the construction field, the laborers have been quick to include much of this technology as being laborers work.


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