Definition of handiwork in English:


Line breaks: han¦di|work
Pronunciation: /ˈhandɪwəːk


[mass noun]
  • 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, design, doing, action, result; 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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