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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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 Eagles earned their first girls basketball finals berth with a workmanlike 49-37 Division 1 semifinal victory Wednesday over previously unbeaten Midland Dow at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2021 Utah’s gymnastics team’s performance in the NCAA Regional Championship on Friday was very workmanlike. Lya Wodraska | Special To The Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Hoover scored 34 points off 23 Auburn turnovers Tuesday at UAB’s Bartow Arena and gradually pulled away from the Tigers for a workmanlike 55-36 victory in the state semifinals. Ben Thomas |, al, 2 Mar. 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 |, al, 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,, 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, 27 Apr. 2020 The artful shadow puppetry makes other production elements feel all the more workmanlike. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 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, 12 Mar. 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 26 Jul. 2021.

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