Navvy meaning

năv'ē
A laborer, especially one employed in construction or excavation projects.
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An unskilled laborer, as on canals, roads, etc.
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(UK) A laborer on a civil engineering project such as a canal or railroad.
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(UK, intransitive) To carry out physical labor on a civil engineering project.
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Origin of navvy

  • Short for navigator canal laborer (obsolete)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Contraction of navigation, in reference to the navigation canals upon which these workers first toiled.
    From Wiktionary