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[han-dee-wurk] /ˈhæn diˌwɜrk/
work done by hand.
the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker:
In all of Mozart's music we discover the handiwork of a genius.
the result of work done by hand:
woven mats and other handiwork.
Origin of handiwork
before 1000; Middle English handiwerk, Old English handgeweorc, variant of handweorc (cognate with German Handwerk). See hand, y-, work Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handiwork
  • Then he polished them so that the purity and grace of nature's handiwork could shine through.
  • Yet they were the handiwork of the same genes that build our own eyes, and they relied on the same light-sensing opsins.
  • The painting was done with a palette knife-its thick, crude slabs of paint suggesting the handiwork of a mason or plasterer.
  • Some of the earliest traces of mankinds handiwork are in those isles.
  • But his handiwork nevertheless caused a storm when it was broadcast on local television.
  • The budget package, by contrast, is largely her handiwork.
  • Walking around this exhibition, you encounter the ancestry of that handiwork.
  • Nature was his handiwork, and presumably it reflected his thoughts.
  • But then you will be able to see them and their handiwork everywhere.
  • Once they engineer a microbe, they start to lose control of their handiwork.
British Dictionary definitions for handiwork


work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing
Word Origin
Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorcwork
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Word Origin and History for handiwork

late 12c., from Old English handgeweorc, from hand (n.) + geweorc, collective form of weorc "work" (see work). Old English ge- regularly reduces to i- in Middle English, and the word probably came to be felt as handy + work.

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