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

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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 The Opportunity Quilt, a group quilting project involving the handiwork of some 25 or more members, is both contemporary and traditional, said O’Brien. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Patchwork Pathways quilt exhibit features local art and talent," 22 Mar. 2018 Among the online calculators that can run all the math for you is maximizemysocialsecurity.com, the handiwork of Kotlikoff. Peter Finch, The Seattle Times, "It is tempting to take Social Security at 62. You should wait.," 4 Sep. 2018 Here, one will find the handiwork of the Mosaic Company, a leading global producer of crop nutrients. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Streamsong is unlike any golf resort you'd expect in Florida," 12 Apr. 2018 His apparent handiwork came to light when an author complained last fall of not receiving a $200,000 advance. Neal Colgrass, Fox News, "'Fight Club' author learns big reason why he's broke, apologizes," 3 June 2018 Much of what they’d see, Lewis would note, demonstrates the ease with which mankind can thoughtlessly destroy nature’s handiwork. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018 On the Monday after the finishing touches were put on the surface, exactly two weeks before the start of this year’s competition, Benyahia carefully surveyed his team’s handiwork. New York Times, "Masters of the Courts," 25 May 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 \

Kids Definition of handiwork

: work done by the hands

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