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underwork

[uhn-der-wurk] /ˌʌn dərˈwɜrk/
verb (used with object), underworked, underworking.
1.
to do less work on than is necessary or required:
to underwork an idea.
2.
to employ inadequately:
He underworks his mind and overworks his feet.
verb (used without object), underworked, underworking.
3.
to do less work than is normal or proper:
He is fat because he underworks and overeats.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; under- + work
Related forms
underworker, noun

wrought

[rawt] /rɔt/
verb
1.
Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
adjective
2.
3.
elaborated; embellished.
4.
not rough or crude.
5.
produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English wroght, metathetic variant of worht, past participle of worchen to work
Related forms
interwrought, adjective
self-wrought, adjective
superwrought, adjective
underwrought, adjective
unwrought, adjective
well-wrought, adjective
Synonyms
2. See worked.
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British Dictionary definitions for underwrought

wrought

/rɔːt/
verb
1.
(archaic) a past tense and past participle of work
adjective
2.
(metallurgy) shaped by hammering or beating
3.
(often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specified: well-wrought
4.
decorated or made with delicate care
Usage note
Wrought is sometimes used as if it were the past tense and past participle of wreak as in the hurricane wrought havoc in coastal areas. Many people think this use is incorrect
Word Origin
C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge)wyrcan to work
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Word Origin and History for underwrought

wrought

mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).

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