Part of speech: noun

A laborer on canals, railways, etc.

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Usage examples "navvy":

  1. It may be a good thing; but, anyhow, most readers would be mildly surprised if a newspaper leading article were written in the language of a navvy. - "Eugenics and Other Evils", G. K. Chesterton.
  2. Thus there was profit of the affair, though the navvy sank out of sight. - "One of Our Conquerors, Complete", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  3. At that moment a forgotten navvy caught Bill's eye, he seized him by the neck; Jack helped; the man was thrown on the top of all, and went up next moment like a spread- eagle cover to the cask. - "Six Months at the Cape", R.M. Ballantyne.