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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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  • But he soon acquired a certain dexterity, and was indeed mightily pleased with his handiwork.

  • The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • They were all ready at last, and Mattie surveyed the effect of her handiwork with satisfaction.

    For John's Sake Annie Frances Perram
  • He readjusted the floor, for he had no wish for his handiwork to remain.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • I saw another dawn once which had little in it save God's handiwork.

    The Wedge of Gold C. C. Goodwin
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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