Meaning of MECHANIC in English

I. mə̇ˈkanik, -nēk adjective

Etymology: probably from Middle French mechanique, mecaṅique, adjective & noun, from Latin mechanicus, from Greek mēchanikos, from mēchanē machine + -ikos -ic — more at machine

1. : of or relating to hand work or manual skill

fighting is, indeed, a mechanic trade — Douglas Jerrold

2. archaic

a. : of or relating to laborers or artisans

b. : base , coarse , vulgar


a. : having or resembling the action of a machine

b. : resembling a machine in routine, dull, or involuntary performance : automatic , uninspired

from blank to blank a threadless way I pushed mechanic feet — Emily Dickinson

4. : agile, inventive, or resourceful like a good workman

a roving artisan who lives by his mechanic wits — Carl Van Doren

5. : of, relating to, or constituting mechanistic thought or theory

the dull mechanic view of utility — Fortune

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from Middle French mechanique, mecanique

1. obsolete

a. : manual labor or employment

b. : handicraft


a. : a manual worker : artisan

these Englishmen had not been mechanics or fishermen or sailors in England — H.E.Scudder

carpenters, masons, and other mechanics — J.R.Dalzell

b. : a man skilled in the construction or operation of machines or vehicles run by machines : machinist

the machines are placed in the hands of four well-trained mechanics who do the assembling and make the final adjustments — Geyer's Topics

automobile mechanic

c. archaic : a base or vulgar fellow : plebeian

slaves and “base mechanics” — John Dewey

3. : a safety belt used in practicing for a trapeze performance

4. : a dishonest manipulator of cards, dice, or other gaming implements

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