Definition of handiwork in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandēˌwərk/


1 (one's handiwork) Something that one has made or done: the dressmakers stood back to survey their handiwork
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  • It stocks exclusively handloom sarees, and this is evident from the intricate handiwork and embroidery on the latest arrivals.
  • Despite her handiwork having decorated the entire village for many carnivals, Wendy remains modest about her achievement.
  • As for director Christine Jeffs' handiwork, it is marquetry done in mittens.
creation, product, work, achievement;
handicraft, craft, craftwork
2Making things by hand, considered as a subject of instruction: they taught young women reading, writing, and handiwork
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  • She is inspired by traditional woman's handiwork like crocheting and knitting, she says.
  • In his early years, George would have been much sought after for his handiwork skills, particularly woodwork.
  • ‘Fireworks are still made by hand and fired by human handiwork,’ Nigel says.


Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc 'something made', interpreted in the 16th century as handy + work.

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Syllabification: hand·i·work

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