workmanlike

adjective
work·​man·​like | \ ˈwərk-mən-ˌlīk How to pronounce workmanlike (audio) \

Definition of workmanlike

: characterized by the skill and efficiency typical of a good workman workmanlike thoroughness also : competent and skillful but not outstanding or original an adequate … reporter who turned out workmanlike copy — Tom Clancy

Examples of workmanlike in a Sentence

He did a workmanlike job on the boat. She showed workmanlike thoroughness in everything she did.
Recent Examples on the Web The surging Johnson put on a workmanlike effort in advancing to the semifinals. oregonlive, 15 July 2022 Bogeys on five of the final eight holes by Faldo enabled Strange to employ his workmanlike game and bask in the sunshine. Jim Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Texas coach Chris Beard, a rising star in the profession, improved to 5-0 in first-round games as his No. 6 Longhorns posted a workmanlike 81-73 win over a tough 11th-seeded Virginia Tech squad. Jim Litke, ajc, 19 Mar. 2022 The show demystifies him in the workmanlike way that today’s cinematic universes inevitably treat their bit players: by turning them into boring old heroes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 6 Jan. 2022 Severna Park got a goal in each half and used its suffocating defense to keep Potomac’s Winston Churchill quiet in a workmanlike 2-0 win Saturday night, giving the defending champion Falcons their 25th title to extend their own state record. Rich Scherr, baltimoresun.com, 13 Nov. 2021 In a competitive year, Hanks didn’t secure an Oscar nomination, perhaps because his workmanlike effort refused to call too much attention to itself in Howard’s earnest ensemble adventure. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 9 July 2021 In a competitive year, Hanks didn’t secure an Oscar nomination, perhaps because his workmanlike effort refused to call too much attention to itself in Howard’s earnest ensemble adventure. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 9 July 2021 In a competitive year, Hanks didn’t secure an Oscar nomination, perhaps because his workmanlike effort refused to call too much attention to itself in Howard’s earnest ensemble adventure. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of workmanlike

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Workmanlike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workmanlike. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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