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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A laborer or a construction worker.
Short for navigator, from Latin navigator (sailor), from navigare (to sail), from navis (ship). Earliest documented use: 1829.
A navigator is someone who navigates. In the past, it was also a sailor or a mariner, from Latin navis (ship). Then the word came to be applied to someone who worked on the construction of a canal. Eventually, it became shortened to navvy and was used for any constructor worker, one who worked on roads, railroads, etc. The word is also used for mechanical excavators.
“It was a navvy all covered with mortar, white dust, and mud.”
Ali Smith; The Book Lover; Anchor Books; 2006.
See more usage examples of navvy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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