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Society > Occupations > Construction


Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


backfill to refill eg a foundation with earth, debris.
brickie (Coll.) a bricklayer.
bricklayer a person who lays bricks.
bricklaying the job of laying bricks.
brickmaking the making of bricks.
builder one that builds.
carcase the framework of anything; (verb) to put a carcase or frame on.
carcass the framework of anything; (verb) to put a carcass or frame on.
constructor one who constructs.
diker a person who makes dikes.
ditchdigger one that digs ditches.
ditcher one who digs ditches.
drainlayer one whose job is to lay drains.
edifier one who builds.
groundbreaking the breaking of ground at the beginning of a construction project.
hodman a man who carries a hod; a mason's tender.
hoistman a person who works a hoist.
laborer (US) one who labors.
mason a person who cuts, prepares and lays stones; (verb) to build or repair in stone.
navvy a construction laborer; (verb) to work as a construction labourer.
paperhanger one that applies wallpaper.
paver a person who lays paving-stones; a machine for tamping down paving-stones.
pavior a person who lays paving-stones; a machine for tamping down paving-stones.
pipefitting the occupation of fitting or repairing pipes.
plasterer one whose job is to plaster.
pontoneer a builder of pontoon bridges.
pontonier a builder of pontoon bridges.
pontonnier a builder of pontoon bridges.
pontooner a builder of pontoon bridges.
prefab a prefabricated building, esp a house; (verb) to build beforehand.
quarrier one who quarries.
quarrymaster one in charge of a quarry.
reaedify (Spenser) to rebuild.
reaedifye (Spenser) to rebuild.
reedify to rebuild (a house, wall, city, etc.).
reslate to slate again.
roadman one who works making or repairing roads.
roadsman one who works making or repairing roads.
rodman a person who carries or uses a rod.
rodsman one who carries and holds a leveling staff, or rod, in a surveying party.
roofer one who puts on roofs.
sandhog (US sl.) any person who works on underground or underwater construction.
scaffolder one who erects scaffolding.
screeder a person whose job it is to lay screed on floors and walls.
shingler a person who shingles houses etc.
shipbuilder one who designs or constructs ships.
shipbuilding the occupation of building ships.
shipwright a carpenter skilled in ship construction and repair.
shopfitter a worker who makes and installs fittings for commercial premises.
slater one who roofs with slate.
spackle a paste for filling cracks; (verb) to fill cracks or holes in a surface, eg a wall, with paste.
spademan a worker with the spade.
spadesman a worker with the spade.
sparkie (Coll.) an electrician.
sparkily (Adv.) SPARKY, lively.
sparky lively (noun, coll.) an electrician
spiderman (Coll.) a construction worker etc. employed on a high building.
stonemason a mason who builds with stone.
stuccoer one who stuccoes.
subbie (Aust. sl.) a subcontractor, esp in the construction industry.
subby (Aust. sl.) a subcontractor, esp in the construction industry.
substruct to build beneath; to lay as a foundation.
subtrade in the construction business, a trade such as plumber and electrician.
surfaceman a workman who keeps a railway bed in repair.
tracklayer one who lays tracks.
trackman (US) a platelayer.
troweler one who trowels.
troweller one who trowels.
tyler a maker or layer of tiles.
underbuilder a subordinate or assistant builder.
waller one who builds walls.
zanjero (Spanish) someone who supervises the distribution of water in irrigation canals.