hand·​i·​work ˈhan-di-ˌwərk How to pronounce handiwork (audio)
: work done by the hands
: work done personally
recognized her handiwork
: 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 Still, much of Roy’s handiwork remains in place, including the dormer windows, mansard-style roof, and brick cladding. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 If only Sondheim and Furth (not to mention Kaufman and Hart) could have lived to have seen how their collective handiwork has been so expertly and tenderly refined. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2023 The outrageous coupe is the handiwork of Hartmut Boschert. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 Manual frothers like the Fino HIC Frother are great for the at-home barista who likes to control their foam, watching as their own handiwork creates just the right amount of froth. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 In fact, the shape was the handiwork of Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and the styling had a fastback flair that really set the DB4 apart from any other British sports car. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2023 In the same area, the researchers found stone tools along with wood shaped into wedges and V’s — clear signs of handiwork. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Completed in 2006, the 5,749-square-foot property is the handiwork of Bay Area architect Darryl Roberson, founder of the world-renowned Studios Architecture, who designed and built the one-of-a-kind home as his personal residence. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2023 Bad Bunny throws a party with a conscience, and the best of the rest of Day 1 2 hours ago While many festivalgoers opt for the comfort of T-shirts, tank tops and shorts, others look at the festival as an opportunity to show off their own handiwork. Vanessa Franko, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Handiwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handiwork. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


hand·​i·​work ˈhan-di-ˌwərk How to pronounce handiwork (audio)
: work done by the hands or by oneself

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