Definitions of worker
  1. noun
    a person who works at a specific occupation
    “he is a good worker
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    a worker who casts molten metal into finished products
    a worker who performs the last step in a manufacturing process
    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    a worker who rouses wild game from under cover for a hunter
    bill poster, bill sticker, poster
    someone who pastes up bills or placards on walls or billboards
    a worker who bleaches (cloth or flour etc.)
    boater, boatman, waterman
    someone who drives or rides in a boat
    someone whose work is driving carts
    charcoal burner
    a worker whose job is to make charcoal
    accumulator, collector, gatherer
    a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)
    a person who separates and straightens the fibers of cotton or wool
    a worker who husks corn
    someone who drives animals that pull a vehicle
    a person who is qualified and ready to work
    a worker who is hired to perform a job
    free lance, free-lance, freelance, freelancer, independent, self-employed person
    a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
    a worker who guts things (fish or buildings or cars etc.)
    a worker who hangs something
    (when gas was used for streetlights) a person who lights and extinguishes streetlights
    a worker who melts substances (metal or wax etc.)
    a person who holds a second job (usually after hours)
    a worker who uses a mop to clean a surface
    someone who muzzles animals
    a worker who attaches something by nailing it
    a worker who oils engines or machinery
    someone who works less than the customary or standard time
    a worker who peels the skins from fruits and vegetables
    a worker who puts or sets seeds or seedlings into the ground
    plier, plyer
    someone who plies a trade
    someone who processes things (foods or photographs or applicants etc.)
    pruner, trimmer
    a worker who thins out and trims trees and shrubs
    dragger, puller, tugger
    someone who pulls or tugs or drags in an effort to move something
    quarrier, quarryman
    a man who works in a quarry
    a worker who sorts rags and old clothing for new uses (as in papermaking)
    blackleg, rat, scab, strikebreaker
    someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
    a worker who uses a scrub brush to clean a surface (usually a floor or deck)
    seasonal, seasonal worker
    a worker who finds employment only in certain seasons
    retainer, servant
    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
    a worker who removes shells (as of peas or oysters)
    a worker who puts things (as books) on shelves
    a worker who shingles roofs
    shoveler, shoveller
    a worker who shovels
    a worker who uses a skid to move logs
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
    hard worker, slave, striver
    someone who works as hard as a slave
    a worker who joins or mends with solder
    a worker who splices ropes together by interweaving strands
    a worker who splits fish and removes the backbone
    a worker who stains (wood or fabric)
    a worker who makes or applies stems for artificial flowers
    a worker who strings
    sprigger, stemmer, stripper
    a worker who strips the stems from moistened tobacco leaves and binds the leaves together into books
    a worker who fastens things by tacking them (as with tacks or by spotwelding)
    a worker who uses a tap to cut screw threads
    a worker who teases wool
    temp, temporary, temporary worker
    a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis
    one who works strenuously
    thrower, throwster
    a person who twists silk or rayon filaments into a thread or yarn
    tier, tier up
    a worker who ties something
    a worker who lays tile
    a worker who cuts tops off (of trees or vegetables etc.)
    a worker who makes or adds the top to something
    trade unionist, union member, unionist
    a worker who belongs to a trade union
    someone who intertwines (e.g. threads) or forms something by twisting or interlacing
    unpaid worker, volunteer
    a person who performs voluntary work
    usually in combination: person in charge of or employed at a particular thing
    someone who washes things for a living
    a worker who winds (e.g., a winch or clock or other mechanism)
    a worker who wipes
    working girl
    a young woman who is employed
    a fellow worker
    an assistant to a bishop
    accomplice, confederate
    a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)
    aide, auxiliary
    someone who acts as an assistant
    aquanaut, oceanaut
    a skilled worker who can live in underwater installations and participate in scientific research
    armorer, armourer
    a worker skilled in making armor or arms
    attendant, attender, tender
    someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
    aeronaut, airman, aviator, flier, flyer
    someone who operates an aircraft
    baker, bread maker
    someone who bakes bread or cake
    someone who flies a balloon
    barkeep, barkeeper, barman, bartender, mixologist
    an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar
    bat boy
    (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
    body servant
    a valet or personal maid
    breaker, ledgeman
    a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone
    butcher, slaughterer
    a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
    cabin boy
    a young man acting as a servant on a ship
    calligrapher, calligraphist
    someone skilled in penmanship
    candy striper
    a volunteer worker in a hospital
    canoeist, paddler
    someone paddling a canoe
    the driver of a chariot
    an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)
    a man who drives a coach (or carriage)
    coiner, minter, moneyer
    a skilled worker who coins or stamps money
    company man
    an employee whose first loyalty is to the company rather than to fellow workers
    the person who collects fares on a public conveyance
    someone who cooks food
    copyist, scribe, scrivener
    someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts
    a person employed to write advertising or publicity copy
    artificer, artisan, craftsman, journeyman
    a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
    a member of a work crew
    crew member, crewman
    a member of a flight crew
    someone whose work is cutting (as e.g. cutting cloth for garments)
    deliverer, delivery boy, deliveryman
    someone employed to make deliveries
    dental assistant
    an assistant to a dentist
    dental hygienist
    someone trained to provide preventive dental service (cleaning teeth or taking x-rays)
    deputy, lieutenant
    an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
    dining-room attendant, restaurant attendant
    someone employed to provide service in a dining room
    employee of a transportation company who controls the departures of vehicles according to weather conditions and in the interest of efficient service
    dog catcher
    an employee of a municipal pound who is hired to round up stray dogs and cats
    domestic, domestic help, house servant
    a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
    draftsman, draftsperson, draughtsman
    a skilled worker who draws plans of buildings or machines
    actor's assistant, dresser
    a wardrobe assistant for an actor
    someone whose job is to dye cloth
    editor, editor in chief
    a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
    electrician, lineman, linesman
    a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
    a skilled worker who can inscribe designs or writing onto a surface by carving or etching
    aesthetician, esthetician
    a worker skilled in giving beauty treatments (manicures and facials etc.)
    event planner
    someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)
    someone who makes progress easier
    a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
    a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
    a man who operates a ferry
    fisher, fisherman
    someone whose occupation is catching fish
    an employee who is reassigned from job to job as needed
    floorwalker, shopwalker
    an employee of a retail store who supervises sales personnel and helps with customer problems
    flower girl
    a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
    a worker who makes metal castings
    someone who makes frames (as for pictures)
    someone whose job is to fumigate
    galvaniser, galvanizer
    a skilled worker who coats iron or steel with zinc
    someone employed to work in a garden
    someone employed by a gas company
    someone whose occupation is to apply an overlay of gold or gilt
    girl Friday
    a female assistant who has a range of duties
    someone who gathers something in small pieces (e.g. information) slowly and carefully
    an employee whose duties include running errands
    gondolier, gondoliere
    a (Venetian) boatman who propels a gondola
    worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
    harpooneer, harpooner
    someone who launches harpoons
    enforcer, hatchet man
    one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
    a newly hired employee
    hired help
    employee hired for domestic or farm work (often used in the singular to refer to several employees collectively)
    hireling, pensionary
    a person who works only for money
    hunter, huntsman
    someone who hunts game
    someone who provides an index
    cat's-paw, instrument, pawn
    a person used by another to gain an end
    an employee who holds a regular job
    birthing coach, doula, labor coach, monitrice
    an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
    flunkey, flunky, lackey
    a male servant (especially a footman)
    a person who makes laminates (especially plastic laminates)
    a driver who urges the animals on with lashes of a whip
    line worker
    an employee who works on an assembly line
    a worker in a livery stable
    a person whose occupation is catching lobsters
    lockkeeper, lockman, lockmaster
    a worker in charge of a lock (on a canal)
    an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
    the driver and keeper of an elephant
    major-domo, seneschal
    the chief steward or butler of a great household
    fashion model, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin, model
    a woman who wears clothes to display fashions
    a man servant
    fixer, mender, repairer
    a skilled worker who mends or repairs things
    a domestic servant
    model, poser
    a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
    funeral director, funeral undertaker, mortician, undertaker
    one whose business is the management of funerals
    a skilled worker who mounts pictures or jewels etc.
    oarsman, rower
    someone who rows a boat
    office boy
    a young man who is employed to do odd jobs in a business office
    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
    a worker who produces or sells petroleum
    lens maker, optician
    a worker who makes glasses for remedying defects of vision
    organization man
    an employee who sacrifices his own individuality for the good of an organization
    a worker who is employed to cover objects with paint
    a trained worker who is not a member of a profession but who assists a professional
    a skilled worker who perfects something
    someone who practices phlebotomy
    someone who plaits (hair or fabric etc.)
    a worker skilled in applying plaster
    a skilled worker who coats articles with a film of metal (usually silver or gold)
    pledge taker
    a volunteer who records (usually by telephone) contributions pledged in a fund drive
    Pullman porter, porter
    a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
    potboy, potman
    a worker in an inn or public house who serves customers and does various chores
    powder monkey
    someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
    power worker, power-station worker
    a worker at a power station
    pressman, printer
    someone whose occupation is printing
    the person who operates the projector in a movie house
    prompter, theater prompter
    someone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech
    public servant
    someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment)
    someone who propels a boat with a pole
    one whose work is to refine a specific thing
    preserver, refinisher, renovator, restorer
    a skilled worker who is employed to restore or refinish buildings or antique furniture
    a person employed to keep a record of the owners of stocks and bonds issued by the company
    rent collector
    a person who goes from house to house collecting rents for the owner
    chief assistant, man Friday, right-hand man
    the most helpful assistant
    riveter, rivetter
    a worker who inserts and hammers rivets
    a worker who routes shipments for distribution and delivery
    crewman, sailor
    any member of a ship's crew
    sales rep, sales representative, salesperson
    a person employed to represent a business and to sell its merchandise (as to customers in a store or to customers who are visited)
    a person with advertising boards hanging from the shoulders
    a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
    secretarial assistant, secretary
    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work for a boss or an organization
    servant girl, serving girl
    a girl who is a servant
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
    a skilled worker who shears the wool off of sheep or other animals
    (Church of England) an assistant to the churchwarden; collects offerings of money in the church
    a person who prepares or deals in animal skins
    metalworker, smith
    someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable)
    someone who works at something specified
    a worker employed to apply spots (as markers or identifiers)
    a worker employed at a dry-cleaning establishment to remove spots
    staff member, staffer
    an employee who is a member of a staff of workers (especially a member of the staff that works for the President of the United States)
    stage technician, stagehand
    an employee of a theater who performs work involved in putting on a theatrical production
    a garmentmaker who performs the finishing steps
    stock-taker, stocktaker
    an employee whose job is to take inventory
    cutter, stonecutter
    someone who cuts or carves stone
    foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
    an employee who sweeps (floors or streets etc.)
    the driver of a team of horses doing hauling
    someone whose occupation involves training in a specific technical process
    toll agent, toll collector, toll taker, toller, tollgatherer, tollkeeper, tollman
    someone employed to collect tolls
    railroad man, railroader, railway man, railwayman, trainman
    an employee of a railroad
    piano tuner, tuner
    someone who tunes pianos
    one employed to control water supply by turning water mains on and off
    a lathe operator
    someone whose occupation is hunting turtles
    someone paid to operate a typewriter
    vigilance man, vigilante
    member of a vigilance committee
    someone who regulates the tone of organ pipes
    vulcaniser, vulcanizer
    someone who vulcanizes rubber to improve its strength and resiliency
    waggoner, wagoner
    the driver of a wagon
    wall-paperer, wallpaperer
    a worker who papers walls
    laundryman, washerman
    operates industrial washing machine
    laundress, laundrywoman, washerwoman, washwoman
    a working woman who takes in washing
    water boy, waterer
    an assistant who supplies drinking water
    huntsman's assistant in managing the hounds
    window washer
    someone who washes windows
    wireman, wirer
    a worker who installs and repairs electric wiring
    working man, working person, workingman, workman
    an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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    sterile member of a colony of social insects that forages for food and cares for the larvae
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    a wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony
    worker bee
    sterile bee specialized to collect food and maintain the hive
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    small air-breathing arthropod
  3. noun
    a person who acts and gets things done
    “he's a miracle worker
    synonyms: actor, doer
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    someone extremely diligent or skillful
    busy bee, dynamo, eager beaver, live wire, sharpie, sharpy
    an alert and energetic person
    animator, energiser, energizer, vitaliser, vitalizer
    someone who imparts energy and vitality and spirit to other people
    ball of fire, go-getter, whiz-kid, whizz-kid
    someone whose career progresses rapidly
    man of action, man of deeds
    someone inclined to act first and think later
    ball of fire, fireball, human dynamo, powerhouse
    a highly energetic and indefatigable person
    goffer, gopher
    a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)
    an energetic person with unusual initiative
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  4. noun
    a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)
    workers of the world--unite!”
    synonyms: prole, proletarian
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    a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do
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    common man, common person, commoner
    a person who holds no title
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