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[han-dee-wurk] /ˈhæn diˌwɜrk/
work done by hand.
the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker:
In all of Mozart's music we discover the handiwork of a genius.
the result of work done by hand:
woven mats and other handiwork.
Origin of handiwork
before 1000; Middle English handiwerk, Old English handgeweorc, variant of handweorc (cognate with German Handwerk). See hand, y-, work Unabridged
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  • He brought in the result of his handiwork, as smiling as a basket of chips.

  • Wat, who had artistically applied the make-up, viewed his handiwork with admiration.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The hands of society are harsh, and this man was a striking sample of its handiwork.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Then the three men surveyed their handiwork with much satisfaction.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Just about every man in the neighborhood was wearing her handiwork on his body.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for handiwork


work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing
Word Origin
Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorcwork
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Word Origin and History for handiwork

late 12c., from Old English handgeweorc, from hand (n.) + geweorc, collective form of weorc "work" (see work). Old English ge- regularly reduces to i- in Middle English, and the word probably came to be felt as handy + work.

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