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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Over on the bench, Williamson’s teammates reflected on his handiwork. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Zion Williamson Lives Up to the Hype, at Least for One Night," 6 July 2019 At 31-44, the Mariners are bad, but in this offensive environment, even the cellar-dwellars can pause often and admire their handiwork. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Just how wild is MLB's home run onslaught? These numbers tell the story," 14 June 2019 People love the feel, the touch, the handiwork of wood. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "Peter Dunham on Transforming a California Beach Cottage," 4 Dec. 2012 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

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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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