- like or befitting a workman.
- skillful; well executed: a workmanlike piece of writing.
Origin of workmanlike
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Examples from the Web for workmanlike
Remember the first Walkman, introduced in 1979, with its tubby buttons and workmanlike profile.Space Shuttle Enterprise: Flashback to an Icon of ‘70s Design
July 18, 2012
Romney, by contrast, gave a smooth but workmanlike speech that barely contained a personal touch.Romney Edges Santorum in Ohio Cliffhanger on Super Tuesday
March 7, 2012
I saw his tiny fat arm rise and fall in a workmanlike manner.Falk
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
less commonly workmanly (ˈwɜːkmənlɪ)
- appropriate to or befitting a good workman
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Word Origin and History for workmanlike
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