(4 syl., g hard). A slave's slave, a workman's labourer, a farmer's understrapper, or Jack-of-all-work. The Gibeonites were made “hewers of wood and drawers of water” to the Israelites. (Josh. ix. 27.)
And Giles must trudge, whoever gives command, A Gibeonite, that serves them all by turn.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894