What does worker mean?

Definitions for worker
ˈwɜr kərwork·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word worker.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. workernoun

    a person who works at a specific occupation

    "he is a good worker"

  2. proletarian, prole, workernoun

    a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)

    "workers of the world--unite!"

  3. workernoun

    sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae

  4. actor, doer, workernoun

    a person who acts and gets things done

    "he's a principal actor in this affair"; "when you want something done get a doer"; "he's a miracle worker"


  1. workernoun

    A person who performs labor for his living, especially manual labor.

  2. workernoun

    A nonreproductive social insect, such as ant, bee, termite or wasp.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Workernoun

    One that works.

    Etymology: from work.

    Ye fair nymphs, which oftentimes have loved
    The cruel worker of your kindly smarts,
    Prepare yourselves, and open wide your hearts. Edmund Spenser.

    His father was a worker in brass. 1 Kings vii. 14.

    You spoke me fair; but even then betrayed me: depart from me, you professors of holiness, but workers of iniquity. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Worker

    The working class (or labouring class) comprises those engaged in manual-labour occupations or industrial work, who are remunerated via waged or salaried contracts. Working-class occupations (see also "Designation of workers by collar colour") include blue-collar jobs, and most pink-collar jobs. Members of the working class rely exclusively upon earnings from wage labour; thus, according to more inclusive definitions, the category can include almost all of the working population of industrialized economies, as well as those employed in the urban areas (cities, towns, villages) of non-industrialized economies or in the rural workforce.


  1. worker

    A worker is an individual engaged in a specific activity or job, typically in exchange for wages or salary. This can involve manual labor, skilled labor, or professional tasks in any given field, industry, or service. Workers may be employed by a company, individual, or they may work independently as freelancers or entrepreneurs. They contribute their skills and labor to the productive process, helping to generate goods or services.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Workernoun

    one who, or that which, works; a laborer; a performer; as, a worker in brass

  2. Workernoun

    one of the neuter, or sterile, individuals of the social ants, bees, and white ants. The workers are generally females having the sexual organs imperfectly developed. See Ant, and White ant, under White

Editors Contribution

  1. worker

    A person who works.

    The workers were so efficient and demonstrated such beautiful unity and teamwork to ensure shared prosperity for everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Worker is ranked #66371 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Worker surname appeared 298 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Worker.

    71.4% or 213 total occurrences were White.
    17.1% or 51 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6.7% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 8 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worker' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2822

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worker' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3132

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'worker' in Nouns Frequency: #206

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worker in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of worker in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Stoesz:

    I don't know if we're going to be able to handle the increase, there is already a healthcare worker shortage and we've been struggling with that since the beginning of the pandemic. That hasn't gone away.

  2. Elinor Otto:

    I’ve always been a hard worker and I’m proud of that, age doesn’t always matter… And people are still surprised that life goes on after 63. It does!

  3. Robbin Thorps:

    These are Franklin's, a queen, a worker and a male.

  4. Janel Anderson:

    Have a strong contingency plan, tell them [ insert co-worker's name here ] will do a great job in my place, you can also add that it wouldn't be in the organization's best interest to have you come into the office today.

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    Someone who is probably a rural worker in the woods, in the forest, in the jungle gets bit by a mosquito who is infected with yellow fever but likely got it from a monkey, so it goes from animal to human, but it doesn't get into the population of Aedes aegypti, which are very frequent in the big cities like Rio de Janeiro.

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