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[wur-kuh-dey] /ˈwɜr kəˌdeɪ/
of or befitting working days; characteristic of a workday and its occupations.
ordinary; commonplace; everyday; prosaic.
Origin of workaday
1150-1200; alteration (probably after nowadays) of earlier worky-day workday, alteration (by association with holiday) of Middle English werkeday, obscurely derived from work and day Unabridged
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  • Rough, coarse workaday clothes, fit for a laborer's wear.
  • My experience in the workaday world enabled me to see academe without illusions and to enjoy what is best about it.
  • She shifts from workaday laborer to fertile egg layer, adjusting body and life history in the process.
  • The pack is equipped with a dizzying array of slots, pouches, and pockets to accommodate workaday essentials.
  • But now the more workaday strategies are getting a new look-in.
  • Even the industrial relics of a workaday port can have a certain monumental grandeur about them.
  • The opening of offices and bank branches is workaday stuff.
  • After a few years the body was replaced by a workaday van, which eventually crashed, and the remains were scrapped.
  • Some of it is workaday, some grisly, some electrifying.
  • Family vacations offer an oasis from workaday life to spend time and bond with family members.
British Dictionary definitions for workaday


adjective (usually prenominal)
being a part of general human experience; ordinary
suitable for working days; everyday or practical
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Word Origin and History for workaday

c.1200, werkedei, from Old Norse virkr dagr "working day;" see work (n.) + day. Older than workday (early 15c.). It passed into an adj. 16c.

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