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or workmanly

[wurk-muh n-lahyk] /ˈwɜrk mənˌlaɪk/
like or befitting a workman.
skillful; well executed:
a workmanlike piece of writing.
Origin of workmanlike
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, workmanlike is from the late Middle English word werkmanlike. See workman, -like
Related forms
unworkmanlike, adjective
unworkmanly, adjective Unabridged
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  • I saw his tiny fat arm rise and fall in a workmanlike manner.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • He had a job to do, and he went at it in a workmanlike manner.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • But whoever had gone about the wrecking of the lab had gone about it in a workmanlike way.

    Damned If You Don't Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The mixed mortar is then applied with a trowel in a workmanlike manner.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • As for his actual compositions, he had only the ambition to make them as workmanlike as he could.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Why man, he can pick a pocket in as workmanlike a manner as either of us.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • To disguise it by sewing through the cord is not a workmanlike practice.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • The work must be executed in a thorough and workmanlike manner.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for workmanlike


appropriate to or befitting a good workman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for workmanlike

"efficient, no-nonsense," 1739, from workman (see work (v.)) + -like.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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