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workaday

[ wur-kuh-dey ]
/ ˈwɜr kəˌdeɪ /
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adjective

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

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work-study, work-study program, work-to-rule, work-up, workable, workaday, workaholic, workaround, workbag, workbasket, workbench

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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British Dictionary definitions for workaday

workaday

/ (ˈwɜːkəˌdeɪ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

being a part of general human experience; ordinary
suitable for working days; everyday or practical
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Word Origin and History for workaday

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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