work·​a·​day ˈwər-kə-ˌdā How to pronounce workaday (audio)
: of, relating to, or suited for working days
workaday clothes
: ordinary, prosaic
workaday activities
a workaday life

Examples of workaday in a Sentence

Their vacation provided a welcome change from their workaday life. the workaday struggles and concerns of the average person
Recent Examples on the Web Against the big personalities of politics and business, workaday people can seem inconsequential. Time, 5 Mar. 2020 But for workaday journalists, the cost of a muted campaign is significant. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Most of us are just workaday guys relying on a daily wage to support their families. Mary Colurso |, al, 24 Mar. 2020 In that regard, at least, producer-director Stanley Nelson’s film does a service, introducing a general audience to Davis’ remarkable narrative, albeit in a mostly workaday fashion. Howard Reich, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2019 Fleck dreams of becoming a stand-up comic, but his workaday existence is anything but funny. John Wenzel, The Know, 3 Oct. 2019

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Word History


alteration of earlier workyday, from obsolete workyday, noun workday

First Known Use

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of workaday was in 1554

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Cite this Entry

“Workaday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


work·​a·​day ˈwər-kə-ˌdā How to pronounce workaday (audio)
: everyday
workaday clothes
workaday activities

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