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[ wurk-dey ]


  1. a day on which work is done; working day.
  2. the part of a day during which one works.
  3. the length of time during a day on which one works:

    a seven-hour workday.



/ ˈwɜːkˌdeɪ /


  1. the usual US term for working day


  1. another word for workaday

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Word History and Origins

Origin of workday1

1400–50; late Middle English werkday, Old English weorcdæg. See work, day

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Example Sentences

Anything I cook during the middle of a workday needs to be easy to make and easy to clean up.

For one thing, there are a lot of games being played during the traditional workday.

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Nine-to-five workdays are punctuated with homeschooling and household chores.

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Other days I didn’t have time to complete school assignments because of a busy workday.

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The pandemic workday is 48 minutes longer, we have more meetings and we send more emails, according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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They also allow us to return to the workday hubbub with more than bragging rights.

And, in the way of roommates, they generally socialize at the end of the workday.

During a single four-hour workday last week, a Mecklenburg County grand jury heard 276 cases and handed down 276 indictments.

They held the show in, of all places, Midtown—in a sleek office building in the middle of the workday lunchtime crush.

It makes for a strange workday: rushing out to bomb sites, counting suicide attacks and emailing with the Taliban.

That does not amount to one real per day, and they work from midnight until sunset, which is their workday.

A date was immediately set—the first workday after New Year, when everything would be in running order again.

All that we require is a workday key to history, and our present need can be supplied without pausing to satisfy philosophers.

Did you review it and approve it when it was completed, after the end of the workday on November 22?

Maybe Katie'd get me over of a common workday though, some time, to help her a bit or so.


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More About Workday

What does workday mean?

A workday is any day that you work. Most commonly, workday refers to one of the days in the workweek, the span of (often five) days that are not the weekend and when many people work.

The standard workweek is from Monday through Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being considered the weekend, though working schedules vary widely. Many full-time jobs involve a 40-hour workweek consisting of five eight-hour workdays. In this sense, workweek refers to all the time spent working in a week, and a workday refers to the hours spent working in a day.

Workday sometimes refers just to the part of the day that you work, as in After the workday, I like to unwind by taking a walk around the lake before I go home for the night. 

The word workday is sometimes used to distinguish it from other nonwork days during a certain period, as in My vacation is 11 days away—and only eight workdays!

The workweek can also be called the working week, and a workday can also be called a working day.

Workday is sometimes used as an adjective meaning commonplace, ordinary, or everyday, as in It has average, workday features—nothing special. The variant workaday is more commonly used to mean the same thing.

Example: My workday consists of catching up on emails for the first hour or so, and then I’m in meetings for several hours, leaving me an hour or two to get some actual work done.

Where does workday come from?

The word workday has been used since at least the 1300s.

Many workers associate the workday with the eight or so hours they have to work five days a week, but the eight-hour workday and the 40-hour workweek are relatively new concepts. In fact, some of the first recorded references to the term workweek discuss a 60-hour workweek consisting of six, 10-hour workdays—for children. And this was considered an improvement over previous working conditions.

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How is workday used in real life?

A full-time workweek commonly consists of five eight-hour workdays, but a workday can refer to any day—or part of a day—during which a person works.


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Sometimes my workday extends into the night—I need to remind myself to take a break.




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