hand·​work ˈhand-ˌwərk How to pronounce handwork (audio)
: work done with the hands and not by machines : handiwork
handworker noun

Examples of handwork in a Sentence

She wore a beaded dress that required many hours of handwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Scale and efficiency mean less handwork and greater speed on a larger number of products. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2024 As a result, the garments, which are made in Italy with a high degree of handwork, will be delivered to customers in as little as five weeks with comparatively gentle pricing. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Black Line shirts start at $345 and require around 16 hours to produce, while a Gold Line shirt—yours for $495 or more—benefits from up to 36 hours of handwork. Aleks Cvetkovic, Robb Report, 2 Mar. 2024 Depending on the level of handwork involved—which can total 34 hours—100Hands for Paolo Martorano Bespoke shirts will range in price from $350 to $500. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2023 Price upon request, at vancleefarpels.com Roger Vivier While not technically high jewelry, the collection of one-of-a-kind evening bags designed by Roger Vivier creative director Gherardo Felloni goes a long way toward qualifying in terms of both handwork and materials. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2023 Consequently, some of the metrics that compose the TPL require many hours of handwork to clean up the data (hence our strong feelings). Stephen Cass, IEEE Spectrum, 5 Sep. 2023 Fortunately, those pressed for time (or patience) can find varying levels of handwork off the rack. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 21 Aug. 2023 Magnolia Pearl makes, ages and distresses its own fabric, dyes and over-dyes it with mostly organic dyes, and creates each piece with lots of handwork. Kayleen Schaefer, New York Times, 10 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handwork was before the 12th century

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“Handwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwork. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


hand·​work ˈhan-ˌdwərk How to pronounce handwork (audio)
: work done with the hands and not by machine
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