work·​a·​day | \ˈwər-kə-ˌdā \

Definition of workaday 

1 : of, relating to, or suited for working days workaday clothes

2 : ordinary, prosaic workaday activities a workaday life

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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

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Then there’s the community room, a drab, workaday gathering spot for employees and visitors that inspires few selfies. Daniel Miller,, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 Ocean’s 8, directed with workaday flatness by Gary Ross, never revs up an equivalent sort of confidence among its seemingly bountiful ensemble of personalities., "No More “But With Women” Remakes. Just Make Better Movies For Women.," 13 June 2018 Ruscha had found his sweet spot: ingeniously redirecting words from the workaday realm of commercial art into the upper stratosphere of art history. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 There’s also something comforting about the workaday world of A Scene at the Sea. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign A Scene at the Sea is an early masterpiece from Takeshi Kitano," 27 Apr. 2018 The driving gimmick is meant to convey a sense of accessible authenticity—someone caught by the camera in a workaday moment. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018 The automaker showed off new versions of its workaday Tuscon and Santa Fe crossovers at NYAS, but the Kona Electric is the clearest view of the way forward. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Stealth Electric Cars Are Coming," 28 Mar. 2018 When the kids are screaming, the dogs are scuffling, the television is blaring, your spouse is cranky, and your workaday world has frazzled your last nerve, the best medicine is — the porch. Marni Jameson,, "The Power of the Porch," 20 Mar. 2018 Purists might take issue with DuVernay’s approach to turning L’Engle’s words into images, citing workaday complaints about filmmakers taking liberties with beloved childhood classics when shaping those classics into earnest big-screen spectacle. Andy Crump, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Wrinkle in Time' Refuses to Conform," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of workaday

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for workaday

alteration of earlier workyday, from obsolete workyday, noun workday

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English Language Learners Definition of workaday

: not unusual or interesting

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