wood·​work ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio)
: work made of wood
especially : interior fittings (such as moldings or stairways) of wood
: a place or state of concealment, seclusion, or anonymity
witnesses came out of the woodwork when a reward was offered

Example Sentences

We painted the walls white and the woodwork red. The kick hit the woodwork.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodwork was circa 1609

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“Woodwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwork. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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wood·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio)
: work made of wood
especially : interior fittings (as window frames or stairways) of wood
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