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[hand-wurk] /ˈhændˌwɜrk/
work done by hand, as distinguished from work done by machine.
Origin of handwork
before 1000; Middle English; Old English handweorc. See hand, work; cf. handiwork
Related forms
hand worker, noun Unabridged
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  • Brangwen embraced sincerely the idea of handwork in schools.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Nor are the children's essays in handwork limited to these subjects.

  • A teachers' manual giving directions for the use of a one- or two-hour period with story, song, play, and handwork.

  • Her preference for handwork is not that it has artistic possibilities, but that it costs her less.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • In April, 1801, he spent three weeks in burning off the logs and clearing as well as possible by handwork three acres.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • A companion volume to "handwork in Wood," by the same author.

  • I am not satisfied with the handwork I have done at present, but hope greatly to improve.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • Gymnastics, handwork, and cooking are by far the most popular.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic Edward L. Thorndike
  • Bassett thought he saw the handwork of some enterprising journalist, and smiled grimly.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for handwork


work done by hand rather than by machine
Derived Forms
handworked, adjective
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