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 And after unusually warm temperatures had already pushed back the start of Utah’s season, which was originally set to begin Nov. 19, skiers and riders came out of the woodwork to get their first turns a couple of hours earlier than expected. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Nov. 2021 Don't be surprised if people seem to come out of the woodwork to respond. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The interior details and woodwork have been retained while modern updates have been carefully incorporated. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Creators and crafters sell everything from fine art to candles, paintings, ceramics and woodwork. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Besides cabinets, doors and woodwork, this solid cherry is built into sofas, tables, beds, dressers,closets and a big buffet, designed by Gilmore, built by artisans. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2021 Highlights include kids games, scavenger hunts and demonstrations of weaving, spinning, blacksmithing and woodwork. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2021 The haute Grecian design, executed by K-Studios and Studio Bonarchi, uses found materials (think: impressive stone and woodwork) and modernizes the classic white-and-blue Cycladic style. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2021 The mansion sits on nearly seven acres — with a pool, wine cellar, grand 2-story entryway, outdoor kitchen, hearth room, theater and ornate woodwork spread throughout. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of woodwork

circa 1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 3 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce woodwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodwork

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


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