A laborer is a worker, especially a person who does some kind of physical work. A stone mason is a laborer, but you probably wouldn't call a poet a laborer.

In the old days, the word laborer implied an unskilled or menial worker, like a day laborer on a farm who might be hired at an hourly rate to haul rocks out of a field, or a street paver's assistant. Today, a laborer is thought of as someone who works with her hands, often outside. Laborer comes from labor, in Old French "work, exertion, or task," from the Latin laborem, "toil, exertion, or fatigue."

Definitions of laborer

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

jack, labourer, manual laborer
Paul Bunyan
a legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada
Ali Baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
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agricultural laborer, agricultural labourer
a person who tills the soil for a living
a Mexican laborer who worked in the United States on farms and railroads in order to ease labor shortages during World War II
someone whose occupation is cleaning
day laborer, day labourer
a laborer who works by the day; for daily wages
a laborer who digs
someone who washes dishes
drudge, galley slave, navvy, peon
a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
gandy dancer
a laborer in a railroad maintenance gang
a person who earns a living by digging graves
a person who hews
hand, hired hand, hired man
a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
hod carrier, hodman
a laborer who carries supplies to masons or bricklayers
gipsy, gypsy, itinerant
a laborer who moves from place to place as demanded by employment
faller, feller, logger, lumberjack, lumberman
a person who fells trees
miner, mineworker
laborer who works in a mine
mule driver, mule skinner, muleteer, skinner
a worker who drives mules
platelayer, tracklayer
a workman who lays and repairs railroad tracks
a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
rail-splitter, splitter
a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences
one who is employed to saw wood
section hand
a laborer assigned to a section gang
a worker who applies spray to a surface
a laborer who builds up a stack or pile
someone who builds or maintains very tall structures
dock worker, dock-walloper, docker, dockhand, dockworker, loader, longshoreman, lumper, stevedore
a laborer who loads and unloads vessels in a port
fireman, stoker
a laborer who tends fires (as on a coal-fired train or steamship)
cuts down trees and chops wood as a job
someone who demolishes or dismantles buildings as a job
a laborer hired to do outdoor work (such as mowing lawns)
char, charwoman, cleaning lady, cleaning woman, woman
a human female employed to do housework
chimneysweep, chimneysweeper, sweep
someone who cleans soot from chimneys
coal miner, collier, pitman
someone who works in a coal mine
ditch digger, mud digger
a laborer who digs ditches
farm worker, farmhand, field hand, fieldhand
a hired hand on a farm
gold digger, gold miner, gold panner
a miner who digs or pans for gold in a gold field
drover, herder, herdsman
someone who drives a herd
housebreaker, housewrecker
a wrecker of houses
someone who buys old buildings or ships and breaks them up to recover the materials in them
one of a (chiefly European) class of agricultural laborers
placer miner
a miner who extracts minerals from a placer by washing or dredging
someone who explores an area for mineral deposits
ranch hand
a hired hand on a ranch
a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at a railroad station
a logger who marks trees to be felled
someone who cleanses by scouring
cropper, sharecrop farmer, sharecropper
small farmers and tenants
a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at an airport
groom, hostler, ostler, stableboy, stableman
someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
street cleaner, street sweeper
a worker employed to clean streets (especially one employed by a municipal sanitation department)
strip miner
a miner who does strip mining
swagger, swaggie, swagman
an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
someone who digs trenches
window cleaner
someone who cleans windows for pay
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working man, working person, workingman, workman
an employee who performs manual or industrial labor

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