[nav-ee] /ˈnæv i/

noun, plural navvies. British Informal.
an unskilled manual laborer.
noun (pl) -vies
(Brit, informal) a labourer on a building site, excavations, etc

“laborer on a canal or railroad,” 1832, colloquial shortening of navigator (q.v.) in its sense of “one who digs navigation canals.”


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