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 handworker (audio) \ noun

Examples of handwork in a Sentence

She wore a beaded dress that required many hours of handwork.
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First Known Use of handwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Handwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwork. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handwork

: work done with your hands and not by a machine

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