wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Definition of woodwork

1 : work made of wood especially : interior fittings (such as moldings or stairways) of wood
2 : a place or state of concealment, seclusion, or anonymity witnesses came out of the woodwork when a reward was offered

Examples of woodwork in a Sentence

We painted the walls white and the woodwork red. The kick hit the woodwork.
Recent Examples on the Web Once his mom handed him a bucket of soapy water and a rag and asked him to wash the woodwork – door frames, baseboards, window sills. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: Daniel 'Chaz' Dudley insisted his friends had his back. His mother says they didn't.," 9 Oct. 2020 The 1928 house has almost all of its original woodwork and fixtures, and has been well maintained for almost a century, with additions and upgrades made over time. oregonlive, "1928 Mediterranean mansion with turret in Portland’s West Hills is a bit of a mystery," 7 Oct. 2020 Throughout the house, woodwork is unusually lavish. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.7M Birmingham house fits onto narrow 43-foot lot," 3 Oct. 2020 When the death of the patriarch brings new family members out of the woodwork, things get interesting. Remember James Comey? CNN, "Start your week smart: French Open, 'SNL,' presidential debate, Covid 19, wildfires," 27 Sep. 2020 The combination of the low interest rate environment, the ability to work remotely and the reduced housing inventory have resulted in homebuyers coming out of the woodwork searching for vacation properties to purchase. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, The Enquirer, "BusinessWise: Vacation home buying in the new normal," 14 Sep. 2020 Surprisingly much of the interior’s floor plan and almost irreplaceable woodwork, staircases and marble around the parlor’s fireplace were left intact. oregonlive, "Portland shoe baron’s 1880 mansion, saved, moved and now for sale at $1.8 million," 1 Sep. 2020 Perhaps best of all for the industry, the pandemic is bringing a lot of new buyers out of the woodwork. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Red-hot boat sales make waves in pandemic, luring first-timers and causing short supply," 29 Aug. 2020 With mechanics forfeiting paychecks in the middle of a pandemic to help get Swanson on track, the team had partners reaching out of the woodwork to help get the No. 20 car on track. Christopher Deharde, The Indianapolis Star, "Kody and Tanner Swanson shine at Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwork. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodwork

: the parts of a room or house (such as window frames or stairs) that are made of wood
British, informal : the wooden frame of football or soccer goalposts


wood·​work | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwork

: work (as the edge around doorways) made of wood

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