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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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  • There was just one thing in all the room that looked poor, workaday.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • But in the workaday world one never knows the ending till it comes.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • The summer ought not to be an entirely frivolous season, neither ought it to be too workaday.

  • At noon, however, its workaday aspect was on; it was no more than a lunching place.

    The Readjustment Will Irwin
  • I put away even the rings I wore habitually, keeping out only an inferior cat's-eye for workaday wear.

  • Margot discovered she could not disturb the little girl's workaday life.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • The Ghetto was all astir, for it was half-past eight of a workaday morning.

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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