Definition of Navvy

1. Noun. A laborer who is obliged to do menial work.

Exact synonyms: Drudge, Galley Slave, Peon
Generic synonyms: Jack, Laborer, Labourer, Manual Laborer
Derivative terms: Drudge



Definition of Navvy

1. n. Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in building railroads, embankments, etc.

Definition of Navvy

1. Noun. a laborer on a civil engineering project such as a canal or railroad ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Navvy

1. a manual laborer [n -VIES]

Navvy Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Navvy

navigation light
navigational
navigational chart
navigational charts
navigational instrument
navigational system
navigationally
navigations
navigator
navigators
navigatrix
navigatrixes
navus
navvied
navvies
navvy (current term)
navvying
navy
navy base
navy bean
navy beans
navy blue
navy man
navy yard
navyless
naw
nawab
nawabs
nawabship
nawabships

Literary usage of Navvy

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1. All the Year Round by Charles Dickens (1874)
"Nevertheless, "navvy" is a contraction of the term " navigator," -which somehow — probably at first by way of nickname—came to be applied in the early days ..."

2. Our Railways: Their Origin, Development, Incident and Romance by John Pendleton (1896)
"Quicker Mails—Thomas Brassey, the Railway Contractor—The navvy: hi* Nicknames, ... The navvy, though hardly picturesque, with his great, ungainly form, ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1855)
"chi-^ tools that a navvy won., пат-"lau-hed at, worn-out carts and mti.i^ttd material of many kinds. Bat iht-rc was routine everywhere— save us. thore was ..."

4. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1888)
"Roast beef, boiled beef, Puddings made of eggs, Up jumps a navvy With a pair of sausage legs. Farming. In July Some reap rye : In August If one will not the ..."

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