[ han-dee-wurk ]
/ ˈhæn diˌwɜrk /


work done by hand.
the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker: In all of Mozart's music we discover the handiwork of a genius.
the result of work done by hand: woven mats and other handiwork.

Nearby words

  1. handicraftsman,
  2. handies peak,
  3. handily,
  4. handiron,
  5. handism,
  6. handkerchief,
  7. handkerchief table,
  8. handlanger,
  9. handle,
  10. handle to one's name

Origin of handiwork

before 1000; Middle English handiwerk, Old English handgeweorc, variant of handweorc (cognate with German Handwerk). See hand, y-, work

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British Dictionary definitions for handiwork


/ (ˈhændɪˌwɜːk) /


work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing

Word Origin for handiwork

Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorc work

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Word Origin and History for handiwork



late 12c., from Old English handgeweorc, from hand (n.) + geweorc, collective form of weorc "work" (see work). Old English ge- regularly reduces to i- in Middle English, and the word probably came to be felt as handy + work.

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