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a person engaged in physical work, esp of an unskilled kind
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  • The West Indian labourer quickly began to earn a better report.

    The Panama Canal J. Saxon Mills
  • The Rectory gate clicked sharply as it swung to behind the labourer.

  • But what labourer, let us ask, with a full conception of the circumstances, would blame him?

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Still we have bottled most of it and the labourer accepts his loveless lot.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • He was dressed as a labourer, and his rough hands showed that he was accustomed to hard work.

    The Gilpins and their Fortunes William H. G. Kingston
  • Harvey was as indefatigable a labourer as any we have named.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • If a labourer can go and produce any kind of wealth, and exchange it for food and necessaries, of course he may do so.

    Political economy W. Stanley Jevons
  • Her father was a labourer, an' all she could see in front of her was the life of a labourer's wife.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • labourer saddling melancholy grey, elaborately stained on both quarters.

Word Origin and History for labourer

chiefly British English spelling of laborer; for suffix, see -or.

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