Journeyman
Journeyman Jour"ney*man, n.; pl. {Journeymen}. 1. 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}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: A competent and experienced worker who performs adequately but without a high level of expertise or imagination. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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