[wurk-boo k]


a manual of operating instructions.
a book designed to guide the work of a student by inclusion of questions, exercises, etc.
a book in which a record is kept of work completed or planned.
Computers. a file that contains worksheets, or multiple sections, usually in spreadsheet applications.

Nearby words

  1. workaround,
  2. workbag,
  3. workbasket,
  4. workbench,
  5. workboat,
  6. workbox,
  7. workday,
  8. worked,
  9. worked up,
  10. worked up, be

Origin of workbook

First recorded in 1815–20; work + book Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for workbook



an exercise book or textbook used for study, esp a textbook with spaces for answers
a book of instructions for some process
a book in which is recorded all work done or planned
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Word Origin and History for workbook



1910, from work (n.) + book (n.).

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