hand·​i·​work | \ˈhan-di-ˌwərk, -dē-\

Definition of handiwork 

1a : work done by the hands

b : work done personally recognized her handiwork

2 : the product of handiwork

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Examples of handiwork in a Sentence

They admired the potter's beautiful handiwork. I think all of these problems are her handiwork.

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But the man whom many hail as The Greatest American Architect Ever is inextricably linked to Illinois, where a new tourism trail showcases Wright’s handiwork in the Prairie State. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "New Frank Lloyd Wright trail unveiled: 13 sites from Rockford to Springfield," 7 May 2018 Her son, Neil, was Mr Trump’s first nominee and could be charged with undoing his mother’s handiwork. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 Most of Simon Gröblacher's handiwork is invisible to the naked eye. Tim Folger, Scientific American, "How Does the Quantum World Cross Over?," 19 June 2018 His handiwork will be front and center when Trump names his next nominee for the Supreme Court. latimes.com, "Today: O, Say Can You Breathe?," 4 July 2018 Collette in particular is being singled out for her riveting, unraveling performance, as is Aster's handiwork. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's new on screen, including 'Ocean's 8,' and where the free outdoor movies are this week," 7 June 2018 For years, counterfeit versions of his product have circulated in Iran, the handiwork of Chinese factories. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.," 22 June 2018 Their handiwork came to light on the evening of June 5, when police received several calls from people who had found their cars parked on Prince Street had been vandalized. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 The Supreme Court has so far failed to give its handiwork a robust defense. Bradley A. Smith, WSJ, "The Threat to Privacy of Opinion," 28 June 2018

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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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The first known use of handiwork was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of handiwork

: work that is done by using your hands

: something done by a particular person or group


hand·​i·​work | \ˈhan-di-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of handiwork

: work done by the hands

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