journeyman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n journeyman a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Journeyman A competent and experienced worker who performs adequately but without a high level of expertise or imagination.
    • Journeyman Formerly, a man hired to work by the day; now, commonly, one who has finished an apprenticeship and is a competent worker in a handicraft or trade, but has not received recognition as a master; -- distinguished from apprentice and from master workman. "I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n journeyman A man hired to work by the day; a day-worker.
    • n journeyman A workman or mechanic who has served his apprenticeship; specifically, a qualified mechanic employed in the exercise of his trade, as distinguished from a master mechanic or a foreman.
    • n journeyman In astronomy, a secondary clock in an observatory: used, generally, as an intermediary in the comparison of standard clocks: more fully, journeyman clock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Journeyman one who works by the day: any hired workman: one whose apprenticeship is completed
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. journéejour, a day—L. diurnus.

Usage

In literature:

Sol Hanson isn't so very much older than you can be, but he has been a journeyman smith ever since I have known him.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
He worked hard at his trade, which was that of a journeyman baker, and showed his kindly nature by substituting for sick comrades.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
I'm just here like a journeyman already.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
You would not be content, I think, with the journeyman's work of the average lawyer.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Journeyman was a damn fine man, and as brave as they come.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Any journeyman at versemaking would write such stuff.
"The Galaxy" by Various
The pupil passes from the state of the apprentice to that of the master through that of the journeyman.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Why, he's not even a good journeyman of any trade.
"Jack of No Trades" by Charles Cottrell
I, who jog along from day to day, a journeyman scribbler!
"Aliens" by William McFee
There can be no becoming friendship between the future Lady Lovel and a journeyman tailor.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
His journeyman, Olivier, is the murderer, and has just been taken to prison.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
He was a grand journeyman cooper while he had strength in his arms for the work.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The journeyman-tailor, Labakan, was astonished at this communication.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
The Colonel got Rothfuss to carry the news to this journeyman, that more than a hundred thousand men were encamped in the forest.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Friends were found to look after the children, and Elias returned to work as a journeyman machinist.
"The Invention of the Sewing Machine" by Grace Rogers Cooper
You ought to know this better than any one, in your quality of a former journeyman carpenter.
"The Silver Cross or The Carpenter of Nazareth" by Eugène Sue
But listen to the cry now: You servant-man, you servant-girl, you journeyman, come here!
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
He proved his sincerity, however, by actually sending both apprentice and journeyman out of the house.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
I was to serve as an apprentice till I was twenty-one years of age, only I was to be allowed journeyman's wages during the last year.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Having finished his apprenticeship, he obtained occupation in London as a journeyman tinman.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

"Ven this bad year began,"
The nex man said, seysee,
"I vas a Journeyman,
A taylor black and free,
And my wife went out and chaired about,
And my name's the bold Cuffee.
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The journeyman sits in his garret dim
Till his legs are numb'd and his eyeballs swim,
At piecework night and day;
His sharp Jewish master makes money of him,
Sweating his muscles, limb by limb,
And coining his life away!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The lower he drops in the social scale,
Tho' jobs never cease, nor diligence fail, Worse paid is work ever found;
That varnish'd chair in the furniture sale
Yields only some pence to this journeyman pale,
—To his master the rest of the Pound!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

He stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
The long road to ' Ultima :' Journeyman actor from El Paso has part in film that will premiere here.
In 1990, 23-year-old Heinz Gautschi left his home in Bonau, in northeast Switzerland, intending to travel around the world as a journeyman woodworker and electrician.
Kurt Warner won it all with the Rams after a journeyman's start.
Not many expected Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson, a 41-year-old journeyman, to have the best save percentage (.949) after the opening round.
Jacksonville releases veteran David Garrard, names journeyman Luke McCown starter for Sunday's opener More.
THE PHILLIES have signed journeyman catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract, according to several reports.
There are even fewer all organic ones, like Journeyman.
The Mavericks announced Friday that they've waived the journeyman center and replaced him on the 15-man roster with newly signed free-agent center Troy Murphy.
A chef is a journeyman.
Cole is a journeyman lineman from Spanish Fork and 15-year veteran with the power company.
Jonathan Noles, journeyman lineman , said the main point of the rodeo was to have fun while working on valuable lineman skills.
The obstacle course included activities lineman do everyday, said Casey Lumpkin, journeyman lineman .
They were Rogerio Dutra Da Silva, a 27-year-old journeyman who had never reached the main draw of a major, and his 33-year-old coach, the former top-60 player Marcos Daniel.
Against the lowly Padres, he's pitched like a journeyman desperate to hang on.
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In science:

Andrew Hunt, David Thomas, and Ward Cunningham Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master, Addison-Wesley, 1999.
Some algorithms arising in the proof of the Kepler conjecture
By the 1980s, it was of occasional interest to journeyman mathematicians and physicists on their way to bigger, and more achievable, goals.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
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