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

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

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The album cover itself also features Chief Montana’s handiwork: Dawn is pictured wearing the kind of feathered headdress the king of a tribe would usually wear; Chief Montana handmade the piece for Dawn at her request. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dawn Richard Captures the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans in All Their Glory," 13 Mar. 2019 Since a former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in Britain a week ago, suspicions about Russia’s possible handiwork have run high — except in major Russian news outlets, where fingers point in the other direction. Washington Post, "In Russia, suspicions over spy’s poisoning point to Britain," 12 Mar. 2018 Take her latest backstage handiwork for the fall collections. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 3 Makeup Artists Are Bringing Serious Cool to the Runways—And Rewriting Beauty Rules at the Same Time," 6 Mar. 2019 Nowadays, those who violate progressive pieties risk ejection from the tribe and the wholesale effacement of their handiwork. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Banished," 23 Jan. 2019 That production was the handiwork of a company called Verity Studios, which also coordinates drone casts for Cirque du Soleil and Metallica and raised $18 million in Series A funding this summer. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "100 drones are joining the cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular," 29 Oct. 2018 Others will submit their handiwork for an array of competitions in fields including 4-H, photography, videography, art, poetry and engineering. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Imaginology returns to OC Fair & Event Center this week," 12 Apr. 2018 Parents who post images of their children’s handiwork can find themselves being contacted by brands or talent scouts scouring Instagram for the next potential star. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Meet the 9-Year-Old Telling You What to Wear," 6 Oct. 2018 Jorja is understandably a fan of her mom’s handiwork. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Meet Jorja Smith’s Favorite Jewelry Designer (It’s Her Mom)," 27 July 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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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 How to pronounce handiwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of handiwork

: work done by the hands

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