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  1. work done by hand, as distinguished from work done by machine.
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Origin of handwork

before 1000; Middle English; Old English handweorc. See hand, work; cf. handiwork
Related formshand worker, noun
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  • He examined the handwork on the hilt, then snapped a fingernail against the blade.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

  • Nor are the children's essays in handwork limited to these subjects.

  • The handwork in the various departments falls into three grades: 1.

    The Making of a Trade School

    Mary Schenck Woolman

  • There was the talk of new Swedish methods, of handwork instruction, and so on.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Brangwen embraced sincerely the idea of handwork in schools.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for handwork


  1. work done by hand rather than by machine
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Derived Formshandworked, adjective
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