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

Example Sentences

doing piecework in a factory
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Incentive programs - like piecework pay for factory workers, stock options for top executives and commissions for salespeople - don’t tend to produce lasting changes in people’s behavior, Kohn argued. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2022 Incentive programs — like piecework pay for factory workers, stock options for top executives and commissions for salespeople — don’t tend to produce lasting changes in people’s behavior, Kohn argued. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 Tactile experiences can also be created to be portable or be developed as piecework. Wired, 22 July 2022 Labor advocates point to new measures taking effect in January to toughen enforcement of workplace health and safety rules, outlaw piecework in the garment industry and rein in unsafe speed quotas at warehouses. Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 His mother, Virginia (Gallina) Bisoglio, did piecework sewing. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 30 Jan. 2023.

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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