hand·​i·​work | \ ˈhan-di-ˌwərk How to pronounce handiwork (audio) , -dē- \

Definition of handiwork

1a : work done by the hands
b : work done personally recognized her handiwork
2 : the product of handiwork

Examples of handiwork in a Sentence

They admired the potter's beautiful handiwork. I think all of these problems are her handiwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Highlighting the top of her cheekbones with the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Cream Face Palette, Hailey shows off her handiwork by patting the product gently on the skin to up the glimmer's intensity. Seventeen, 11 May 2022 That doesn’t speak well for the care that legislators ostensibly lavished on their handiwork the first time around. Michael Hiltzikbusiness Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Their handiwork is unmistakable on a heat map produced by the plaintiffs challenging the Alabama map. David Daley, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 This winter, Watkins planned to visit friends in California and survive by driving for Uber or doing handiwork. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 24 Mar. 2022 The movement is global, drawing on IT professionals in the Ukrainian diaspora whose handiwork includes web defacements with antiwar messaging and graphic images of death and destruction in the hopes of mobilizing Russians against the invasion. Erin Prater, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 It’s in the Statehouse, not the Archives, where Owen’s handiwork perhaps best reveals itself — when Sons of Confederate Veterans repeat the lies of the Confederate catechism in committee meetings. al, 16 Feb. 2022 From a personalized art creation to a unique collectible, exclusive musical piece or, perhaps, a combination of all of these things, creators can push and defy boundaries to produce one-of-a-kind handiwork. Liana Zavo, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Teresa Olabuenaga, born in Mexico City in 1958, has also investigated her country’s pre-Hispanic handiwork. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handiwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for handiwork

Middle English handiwerk, from Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorc work — more at co-

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“Handiwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handiwork. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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