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[kahr-puh n-ter-ing] /ˈkɑr pən tər ɪŋ/
the trade or work of a carpenter.
Origin of carpentering
First recorded in 1830-40; carpenter + -ing1


[kahr-puh n-ter] /ˈkɑr pən tər/
a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
verb (used without object)
to do carpenter's work.
verb (used with object)
to make by carpentry.
to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin carpentārius wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two-wheeled carriage (< Celtic; compare Old Irish carpad chariot) + -ārius -ary; see -er2
Related forms
uncarpentered, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for carpentering
Historical Examples
  • Certainly not; that would only give a city the reputation of skill in carpentering.

    The Republic Plato
  • When your carpentering is completed, the whole case must be stained to your taste.

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
  • I never worked in de mines but I did all sorts of carpentering for them.

  • Besides, I'm going to do a bit of carpentering work for Miss Remington.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Had she got him on carpentering, engineering—discovered his weak point?

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • "I can do that—when I am able to go at carpentering again," put in Mr. Thompson.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • I taught blacksmithing, carpentering, and mechanical drawing.

  • Mick Murphy (he's Mr. May's man) did most of the carpentering, but we boys helped.

  • "Edna is very much taken up with her carpentering," he went on.

    The Opened Shutters

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • If you were a little older, I could give you something better to do than carpentering.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for carpentering


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a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
(intransitive) to do the work of a carpenter
(transitive) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for carpentering



"wood-worker," c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from Latin carpentum "wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).

Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally "tree-wright." German Zimmermann "carpenter" is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar "wood for building, timber," cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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