[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.

Origin of workbook

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

Examples from the Web for workbook

Contemporary Examples of workbook

  • At least where her son was concerned, she was never without a workbook.

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    Dreams of His Mother

    Stacy Schiff

    May 3, 2011

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
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 workbook

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

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