[ hand-wurk ]
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  1. work done by hand, as distinguished from work done by machine.

Origin of handwork

before 1000; Middle English; Old English handweorc.See hand, work; cf. handiwork

Other words from handwork

  • hand worker, noun

Words Nearby handwork

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How to use handwork in a sentence

  • Although the construction is inherited from World Cup engineering, the wood-laminate core and complicated layup—it takes a lot of handwork to put all the pieces together—offer race-level-precision edge hold on a far more manageable level.

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  • You see the handwork, the glue, how the people in the agency were working on it.

  • The Odyssey will be used, however, in schools where there is no handwork and no chance of seeing collections of suitable objects.

    Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
  • Many pleasant experiments are to be made in connecting some of the handwork of the youngest children with their literature.

    Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
  • What is there left for the representatives of handwork, these numberless millions of proletarians or of small farmers?

    Anarchism | Paul Eltzbacher
  • But from October onwards through the whole winter and up to the end of May, the demand for handwork never slackens.

    The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward | Janet Penrose Trevelyan
  • Bassett thought he saw the handwork of some enterprising journalist, and smiled grimly.

    The Breaking Point | Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for handwork


/ (ˈhændˌwɜːk) /

  1. work done by hand rather than by machine

Derived forms of handwork

  • handworked, adjective

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