work done and paid for by the piece.

Compare timework.

Origin of piecework

First recorded in 1540–50; piece + work
Related formspiece·work·er, noun
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work paid for according to the quantity producedCompare timework
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Word Origin and History for piecework

also piece-work, 1540s, from piece (n.) + work (n.).

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