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 the late 19th and early 20th century, the American astronomer published a series of books promoting his theory that observable features on the surface of the Red Planet were the handiwork of an intelligent species on the verge of extinction. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?," 9 July 2020 Spectators will pile into their vehicles and drive around the lot, viewing the handiwork of participants. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: July 3-5," 1 July 2020 Razorfly's handiwork is most evident in its three custom Jurassic Park trucks. Talon Homer, Car and Driver, "The Cars Are the Stars: The Art of Replicating Hollywood's Famous Rides," 14 June 2020 Like most toddlers, little Sienna has a hard time keeping still for dad, making Wilson's patience and handiwork as a stylist all the more impressive. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Ciara Shared The Cutest Video Of Russell Wilson Doing Their Daughter’s Hair," 9 June 2020 This might have been a dead-end, except that the AG’s office had made a mistake when making Gilbert’s letter look like its own handiwork. Kyle Whitmire, al, "What is Alabama’s AG still hiding? Lawsuit seeks answers," 20 May 2020 There is a chance Strasburg has thrown his last pitch this season, thanks in large part to his handiwork against the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Embrace it': Stephen Strasburg's legendary postseason hits its apex with gritty Game 2 win," 24 Oct. 2019 But don't get too attached to your Halloween handiwork. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 3 Oct. 2019 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

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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 14 Jul. 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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