workmanlike

or work·man·ly

[ wurk-muh n-lahyk ]
/ ˈwɜrk mənˌlaɪk /
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adjective

like or befitting a workman.
skillful; well executed: a workmanlike piece of writing.

Nearby words

  1. workingman,
  2. workingperson,
  3. workingwoman,
  4. workload,
  5. workman,
  6. workmanship,
  7. workmate,
  8. workmen's compensation,
  9. workmen's compensation insurance,
  10. workout

Origin of workmanlike

First recorded in 1400–50, workmanlike is from the late Middle English word werkmanlike. See workman, -like

Related formsun·work·man·like, adjectiveun·work·man·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for workmanlike

workmanlike

less commonly workmanly (ˈwɜːkmənlɪ)

/ (ˈwɜːkmənˌlaɪk) /

adjective

appropriate to or befitting a good workman
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Word Origin and History for workmanlike

workmanlike

adj.

"efficient, no-nonsense," 1739, from workman (see work (v.)) + -like.

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