hand·​work | \ ˈhand-ˌwərk How to pronounce handwork (audio) \

Definition of handwork

: work done with the hands and not by machines : handiwork

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handworker \ ˈhand-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce handwork (audio) \ noun

Examples of handwork in a Sentence

She wore a beaded dress that required many hours of handwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Marrying old and new was a Rabanne signature; handwork wasn’t incompatible with cutting-edge materials and production for him. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Designers Are Linked In to Paco Rabanne’s Crafty Techniques," 5 Nov. 2020 But there's still plenty of handwork involved, such as the men who pummel each quilt with their palms on a flat tabletop to make sure the down is distributed evenly. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Enlightened Equipment of Winona is a heavyweight player in lightweight outdoor gear," 14 Nov. 2020 With literally thousands of items on-sale, CNN Underscored is doing the handwork and highlighting the best tech deals to shop this Prime Day right here. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here are the best tech deals of Amazon Prime Day 2020," 13 Oct. 2020 The work includes handwork first, such as arrows, stop bars, crosswalks, railroad crossings and school zones. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville roads update; trick-or-treating tips for kids and parents," 5 Oct. 2020 The crews will be doing all the handwork first including arrows, stop bars, crosswalks, railroad crossings, and school zones. cleveland, "NR Pizza Bake-off benefits Citizens For Better Schools, Community Care: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 26 Sep. 2020 The delicate construction of these curvilinear pieces requires a combination of handwork and 3-D printing. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "From Rachel Weld Newton, Jewelry That Speaks to Our Times," 25 Sep. 2020 Paid far less than their male coworkers, girls were often employed to do the most precise handwork, like fashioning gold watch chains or hand-painting enamel, because of their thin and dexterous fingers. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Lockets," 10 Aug. 2020 Each wig can take between 40 and 60 hours of handwork to make and cost between $1,250 and $1,800, Fleming said. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville company is hand-making the best 'Designer Santa Beards' in the world," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of handwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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11 Jan 2021

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“Handwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwork. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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: work done with your hands and not by a machine

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