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  1. of or befitting working days; characteristic of a workday and its occupations.
  2. ordinary; commonplace; everyday; prosaic.
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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
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Related Words for workaday

prosaic, normal, humdrum, banal, everyday, workaday, day-to-day, unremarkable, conventional, simple, plain, humble, generic, common, mediocre, dull, traditional, ordinary, rational, factual

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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)
  1. being a part of general human experience; ordinary
  2. suitable for working days; everyday or practical
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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.

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