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 In an interview with Atlanta news station CBS46, a family friend, Kikiana Whidby, said Michels was unemployed and was doing handiwork for the spa to make ends meet. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, "These are the victims of the Atlanta-area spa shootings," 18 Mar. 2021 This is the diligent handiwork of politicians, lobbyists and America's top corporate law firms. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, "It's time for corporations to pay what they owe America," 13 Apr. 2021 Owner Sheila Nelson's handiwork includes festive cakes (with by-the-slice and special-occasion options) and cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and bars, along with a small array of sandwiches and soups. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "32 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in the Twin Cities," 1 Apr. 2021 Shields’s handiwork shows up in the episode’s truly surreal Jabberwocky sketch. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, "How The Muppet Show Turned Kermit, Piggy & Co. Into Style Icons," 4 Mar. 2021 With King's handiwork, Kevin has covered three tattoos and plans to get two more done. Kathleen Toner, CNN, "These Kentucky artists are ridding the world of hate, one tattoo at a time," 1 Apr. 2021 Last year, Starface co-founder Julie Schott coined the term in direct reference to Jenna Perry’s handiwork creating Bella Hadid’s honey blonde, a crisp, deep chocolate brown for Dua Lipa, and an auburn shade for Emily Ratajkowski. Rio Viera-newton, Curbed, "The Best Colorists in New York," 30 Mar. 2021 To biologists, the giraffe’s long neck is a prime example of evolution’s handiwork, cited by both Charles Darwin and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck as support for their evolutionary theories. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, "Giraffe genome holds keys to its peculiar body—and clues to hypertension treatments," 17 Mar. 2021 Trump also devoted much of his presidency to undoing the handiwork of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president for eight years. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Biden's border debacle shows limits of just doing opposite of Trump's approach," 17 Mar. 2021

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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 8 May. 2021.

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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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