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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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 His place in video game history An exhibit of Lawson's handiwork is on permanent display at The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Before Nintendo and Atari: How a black engineer changed the video game industry forever," 27 Feb. 2020 Some of the most careful handiwork comes into play during the coloring process. Paige Stables, Allure, "An Inside Look at the Meticulous Process That Goes Into Great Lengths Hair Extensions," 16 Apr. 2020 His handiwork with voting and geographic data helped secure statewide Republican edges in swing states such as Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, all of which were crucial to Trump’s election. Rich Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Who Counts in a Census Taken During a Pandemic?," 14 Apr. 2020 What is more, the artifact appears to be the handiwork of Neandertals, adding to mounting evidence that our extinct cousins were cleverer than they have been given credit for. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Stone Age String Strengthens Case for Neandertal Smarts," 9 Apr. 2020 Meghan would be welcomed with open arms and could support her family with her handiwork. oregonlive, "5 reasons Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan should move to Oregon after quitting the royal game," 8 Jan. 2020 The handiwork of welder Micah Gregg, of Huntsville fabrication studio Drop Metal. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Downtown Huntsville’s most colorful joint yet, now open," 18 Mar. 2020 The light installation was the handiwork of two young local artists who wanted to express their anxiety over the looming deadline and Beijing’s tightening grip on the city. Joshua Wong, Time, ""Hong Kong is at an Existential Crossroads." Joshua Wong on the Future of His Homeland.," 20 Feb. 2020 Most of those pieces are the handiwork of the two ceramic artists from Howell Mountain in northeast Napa County. Matt Villano, SFChronicle.com, "Where do Napa’s top restaurants get their plates and platters? From this two-person pottery studio," 19 Feb. 2020

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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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“Handiwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handiwork. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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