of or befitting working days; characteristic of a workday and its occupations.
ordinary; commonplace; everyday; prosaic.

Origin of workaday

1150–1200; alteration (probably after nowadays) of earlier worky-day workday, alteration (by association with holiday) of Middle English werkeday, obscurely derived from work and day Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for workaday

Contemporary Examples of workaday

  • Even typically Teflon partners will melt if you apply too much heat in workaday dealings.

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    What the Stars Hold for Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    July 8, 2011

  • But unlike most workaday reporters, Lepore is steeped in the history of the city and the American Revolution.

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    Great New Reads

    The Daily Beast

    October 15, 2010

  • And it divides an audience's attention from the quotidian, workaday world, whether at the Globe or the Delacorte.

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    Anne Hathaway's Magical "Night"

    Daniel Menaker

    June 28, 2009

Historical Examples of workaday

  • It is a workaday world; Darby and Joan will take it as it is, will do their best.

  • But in the workaday world one never knows the ending till it comes.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • At noon, however, its workaday aspect was on; it was no more than a lunching place.

  • It may have been, and most likely was, a workaday job for Richard Arkwright.

    Historic Inventions

    Rupert S. Holland

  • Margot discovered she could not disturb the little girl's workaday life.

    Little Jeanne of France

    Madeline Brandeis

British Dictionary definitions for workaday


adjective (usually prenominal)

being a part of general human experience; ordinary
suitable for working days; everyday or practical
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for workaday

c.1200, werkedei, from Old Norse virkr dagr "working day;" see work (n.) + day. Older than workday (early 15c.). It passed into an adj. 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper