[ woo d-wurk ]
/ ˈwʊdˌwɜrk /


objects or parts made of wood.
the interior wooden fittings, especially of a house, as doors, stairways, or moldings.

Nearby words

  1. woodward, c. vann,
  2. woodward, robert burns,
  3. woodwaxen,
  4. woodwind,
  5. woodwinds,
  6. woodworker,
  7. woodworking,
  8. woodworm,
  9. woody,
  10. woody nightshade


    come out of the woodwork, Informal. to appear or materialize suddenly and unexpectedly: Since mortgage rates declined, prospective buyers have been coming out of the woodwork.

Origin of woodwork

First recorded in 1640–50; wood1 + work

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British Dictionary definitions for come out of the woodwork


/ (ˈwʊdˌwɜːk) /


the art, craft, or skill of making things in wood; carpentry
components made of wood, such as doors, staircases, etc
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Word Origin and History for come out of the woodwork



"article made of wood," 1640s, from wood (n.) + work (n.).

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