navvy definition

  • noun:
    • Chiefly British A laborer, specifically one utilized in building or excavation tasks.
    • a laborer on a civil manufacturing project such as for example a canal or railroad
    • initially, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; thus, a laborer on various other public works, such as building railroads, embankments, etc.
    • just like navigation, 4.
    • Same as navigator, 2.
    • A common laborer engaged in such act as the creating of canals or railways.
    • A power-machine for excavating planet.
    • a laborer that is obliged to do menial work

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