piecework

[pees-wurk]
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noun

work done and paid for by the piece.

Nearby words

  1. piece together,
  2. piece-dyed,
  3. piecemeal,
  4. piecer,
  5. piecewise,
  6. piecrust,
  7. piecrust table,
  8. pied,
  9. pied a terre,
  10. pied goose

Compare timework.

Origin of piecework

First recorded in 1540–50; piece + work

Related formspiece·work·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for piecework

piecework

noun

work paid for according to the quantity producedCompare timework
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Word Origin and History for piecework

piecework

n.

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

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