piecework

noun

piece·​work ˈpēs-ˌwərk How to pronounce piecework (audio)
: work done by the piece and paid for at a set rate per unit
pieceworker noun

Examples of piecework in a Sentence

doing piecework in a factory
Recent Examples on the Web The stitchers did piecework solo and assembled them in Belen for critiques. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Workers agree to let Lincoln change their working hours according to demand and pay by piecework rather than by hour in exchange for the company promising not to fire anyone for lack of business. Alan Murray, Fortune, 20 July 2023 They get paid by piecework instead of the hour and receive a year-end bonus reflecting each worker’s performance. Joseph Abrams, Fortune, 24 July 2023 In the stack of military uniforms piled in a corner and waiting to be mended, Khoury opens a window on the mindless piecework an urbane woman such as Afiya must undertake. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2023 Thousands of lower-rung illustrators do grueling piecework for as little as $200 a month. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021 His mother was a homemaker and seamstress who took in piecework to help support the family. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The women soldered piecework for electronics in two different plants. Jill Neimark, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013 And professions made up of freelancers stringing together piecework may find themselves in serious trouble. David Karpf, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piecework was in 1549

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Cite this Entry

“Piecework.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piecework. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

piecework

noun
piece·​work ˈpē-ˌswərk How to pronounce piecework (audio)
: work paid for at a rate based on the number of articles produced rather than the time spent working
pieceworker noun

Legal Definition

piecework

noun
piece·​work ˈpēs-ˌwərk How to pronounce piecework (audio)
: work done by the piece and paid for at a set rate per unit
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