from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who performs manual or industrial labor for wages.
- n. A craftsman or artisan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man who labours for wages
- n. An artisan or craftsman
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man employed in labor, whether in tillage or manufactures; a worker.
- n. Hence, especially, a skillful artificer or laborer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who is employed in manual labor, whether skilled or unskilled; a worker; a toiler; specifically, an artificer, mechanic, or artisan; a handicraftsman.
- n. In general, one who works in any department of physical or mental labor; specifically, a worker considered with especial reference to his manner of or skill in work—that is, workmanship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
From Middle English werkman, from Old English weorcmann ("workman"), equivalent to work + man. Compare Dutch werkman ("workman"), German Werkmann ("labourer, workman"), Icelandic verkamaður ("workman"). (Wiktionary)