[ noun koun-ter-wurk; verb koun-ter-wurk, koun-ter-wurk ]
/ noun ˈkaʊn tərˌwɜrk; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈwɜrk, ˈkaʊn tərˌwɜrk /


work or action to oppose some other work or action.

verb (used without object)

to work in opposition.

verb (used with object)

to work in opposition to; hinder or frustrate.

Origin of counterwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + work

OTHER WORDS FROM counterwork

coun·ter-work·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for counter-worker

/ (ˈkaʊntəˌwɜːk) /


work done in opposition to other work
defensive fortifications put up against attack

Derived forms of counterwork

counterworker, noun
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