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

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He did a workmanlike job on the boat. She showed workmanlike thoroughness in everything she did.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 |, al, "Tom Hanks turns 64 today; Here are his 10 best movies," 9 July 2020 Rhian has come to retrieve Villanelle and bring her back to headquarters — by subway, which gives Villanelle plenty of time to snipe at Rhian about her workmanlike wardrobe. Kat Rosenfield,, "Killing Eve finale recap: Every monster needs a little encouragement," 1 June 2020 No one will mistake the workmanlike Anae, who recorded a 4.93-second 40-yard dash, for that type of player. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's biggest steals 2020: Jets, Cowboys get huge value from picks," 27 Apr. 2020 The artful shadow puppetry makes other production elements feel all the more workmanlike. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills," 18 Feb. 2020 Making her debut as director with a true story from her native Australia, actor Rachel Griffiths gives the pic a workmanlike, generic feel that would play well on family-centric cable channels. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ride Like a Girl': Film Review," 12 Mar. 2020 Its workmanlike efficiency is the truest gap between this film and the rest. Washington Post, "Modding the Oscars," 6 Feb. 2020 The workmanlike set from 59 Productions is a versatile beast of catwalks and projection screens doing convincing duty as dock, church, living room, pub and more. Deborah Wilker, Billboard, "Sting's 'The Last Ship' Sails on With Star-Studded U.S. Relaunch," 23 Jan. 2020 Like its predecessor, the documentary is a piece of workmanlike TV that relies on restless editing, conspicuous background music, and repetition, with talking heads providing both sharp insight and familiar platitudes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The R. Kelly Story Is Bigger Than Most People Know," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of workmanlike

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Workmanlike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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