wood·work | \ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk \

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

The Lobby Court boasts ornate woodwork, elaborate drapes, ceiling-to-floor windows overlooking Public Square, a touch of class and a killer Manhattan. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Cleveland International Film Festival 2018: bars, restaurants, parties (photos)," 5 Apr. 2018 The ornate mahogany woodwork offset plush velvet furnishings for a glimpse of 1920s luxury travel. Y.c. Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Vintage railroad car travels from Pasadena to San Antonio museum," 18 Feb. 2018 Alli too hit the woodwork with a header and England went into half-time wondering how they had not sealed victory already. Daniel Hicks, chicagotribune.com, "Captain fantastic Kane to the rescue as England beat Tunisia at the last," 19 June 2018 The house has 3-1/2 baths, high ceilings, original hardwood floors and woodwork, a contemporary eat-in kitchen, a full master suite with walk-in closets, central air conditioning, many replacement windows and a deck off the kitchen. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Obama Foundation CEO buys Kenwood house near Barack Obama's for $900,000," 22 June 2018 The Lake Country Art Festival features more than 100 exhibitors offering painting, textiles, woodwork, pottery, glass, fine art, jewelry and more. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From Lake Country to the North Shore, here are 26 fun ways to spend the middle of your summer," 26 June 2018 The palette includes only green, blue, pink and brown, and all architectural woodwork is painted off-white. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Uncluttered Doesn’t Mean Empty: Lessons From a Décor Pro," 15 June 2018 The elegant two-story house features original woodwork and a full-width porch. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston's annual home tour a mix of architecture and history," 27 Apr. 2018 All the white everywhere — walls, ceiling, woodwork — allowed us to have fun with the fabrics. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Krista Ewart on Decorating a Cheerful Beach House," 18 July 2010

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

: the wooden frame of football or soccer goalposts


wood·work | \ˈwu̇d-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of woodwork

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

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