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or book-work

[boo k-wurk]
  1. work or research that requires studying or reading, as distinguished from laboratory experimentation or the like.
  2. bookkeeping or other paperwork necessary to the running of a business.
  3. Printing. work on books or pamphlets, as distinguished from work on newspapers.
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Origin of bookwork

1840–50; book + work; compare Old English bōcweorc study, independently formed from same elements
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Historical Examples of bookwork

  • Not till quite recently have type-faces of the right weight for bookwork been designed and placed on the general market.

    The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920


  • A specimen pamphlet of bookwork, with prices, a complete Author's Guide, sent post free for 4d.

  • Handwork takes more time than bookwork, and children evolve plans but slowly.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs

  • Large orders of needlework are executed, but the mornings are devoted to bookwork.

    Hampstead and Marylebone

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

  • The little block is best adapted for bookwork, and is interesting as showing the quality obtained by reduction.

British Dictionary definitions for bookwork


  1. the keeping of accounts
  2. learning through the study of books rather than from practical experience
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