Meaning of journeyman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒəːnɪmən/

Translate journeyman into Spanish

nounplural noun journeymen

  • 1A worker or sports player who is reliable but not outstanding.

    as modifier ‘a solid journeyman professional’
    • ‘I was sort of a journeyman player, played as hard as I could, and was a reasonably intelligent player.’
    • ‘But for now, journeymen players and even certain stars would be wise to jump at their first acceptable offers.’
    • ‘These aren't necessarily the best prospects at their positions, but you won't find journeymen minor leaguers on the teams, either.’
    • ‘Now more famous as a broadcaster in his native Ireland, Dunphy began his professional life as a journeyman footballer.’
    • ‘Johnson is a solid journeyman type who played his way into the starting job over Tinsley a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘Sadly, most of the exalted class of 1990 have become journeyman club players, plying their trade in the lower leagues.’
    • ‘Pekerman was a journeyman professional whose playing career during the 1970s was cut short by a knee injury.’
    • ‘The highly inexperienced bench, including three rookies and two journeymen, were the only major differences in Seattle's player personnel.’
    • ‘Playing for the worst team in the league means that journeymen sometimes get an unexpected trip to the midsummer classic.’
    • ‘Wright is a journeyman whose good stuff never has translated into big-league success.’
    • ‘Life in a football journeyman's house is not so straightforward.’
    • ‘Jean Robic, though, was a journeyman cyclist but showed great courage in making his dash for glory in the Tour de France of 1947.’
    • ‘What's left is a collection of rookies and journeymen who haven't proved they can pressure an NFL quarterback.’
    • ‘The journeyman earned his temporary promotion to the Marlins with an outstanding slider that he honed in Calgary.’
    • ‘One of the memorably named ball players of all time was the journeyman 1950s pitcher.’
    • ‘He is a journeyman who played 28 games in his first three seasons and has a career scoring average of 7.5.’
    • ‘Any time Casey is out these days, the lineup becomes exceptionally weak, given all the rookies and journeymen in it.’
    • ‘Now the Jets are poised to move on with a rookie, a journeyman and an unknown.’
    • ‘And while Alston is one of the league's nicest guys, he's a career journeyman at best.’
    • ‘This is excellent news if you're a good player, but not much use if you're a journeyman professional.’
    artisan, craftsperson, tradesman, tradesperson, mechanic, technician, operative, maker, smith, wright, journeyman
  • 2 historical A trained worker who is employed by someone else.

    as modifier ‘a journeyman carpenter’
    • ‘journeymen printers’
    • ‘As commerce expanded and as trade conditions allowed, the masters trained apprentices and hired journeymen, always within the rules of the guilds they had created.’
    • ‘Once certified, master trainers are authorized to train appropriate journeymen to become certified craft instructors.’
    • ‘It is known that Major Samuel Lawrence, for example, at times employed apprentice and journeymen shoemakers, so diversifying from purely agricultural production.’
    • ‘Those who wished it could get a journeyman to train them in the arts of weaponry; otherwise, they were taught how to fight by their Masters.’
    • ‘There was a time when proper vocational and journeyman training and workmanship standards were easily identified and understood.’
    • ‘He also worked as a journeyman carpenter on many major construction projects in western and northern Canada.’
    • ‘Now some masters became much wealthier than others, employing larger numbers of journeymen.’
    • ‘Moreover, the painter or sculptor of the unknown work was clearly alive in 1520 and employed a journeyman.’
    • ‘When asked how I would support myself in the US I told the Consulate staffer I was a journeyman carpenter.’
    • ‘She looks at apprentices, journeymen carpenters, and entrepreneurs who erected, finished, and sold houses in dynamic and changing markets.’
    • ‘He joined a vocational training center for a nine-month course in carpentry skills and thereafter got employment as a journeyman with a local factory.’
    • ‘On that day a twenty-three-year-old journeyman printer named Benjamin Day offered New Yorkers a paper called the Sun.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was made by a journeyman printer, who sold it on the market to earn a shilling?’
    • ‘Moreover, many masters were reluctant to clamp down because in fact they themselves sometimes employed ‘rented’ labor alongside their journeymen and apprentices.’
    • ‘But Daley couldn't sustain his efforts, and never developed a permanent, salary-earning career as a journeyman writer.’
    • ‘A young journeyman noticed Joe's dress change and nudged the apprentice next to him.’
    • ‘They are the kind of journeymen he was used to working with at Coventry.’
    • ‘‘These were my first steps in that field and I was working as a journeyman to gain enough experience and go ahead,’ he says.’
    • ‘The summer after my sophomore year in college, and I decided, through no apparent logic, to try my hand as a journeyman roofer.’
    • ‘At the end of their apprenticeships trainees became journeymen, fully skilled tradesmen.’
    employee, member of staff, working man, working woman, workman, labourer, hand, operative, operator


Late Middle English from journey (in the obsolete sense ‘day's work’) + man; so named because the journeyman was no longer bound by indentures but was paid by the day.