Definition of handiwork in English:



  • 1Something that one has made or done.

    ‘the dressmakers stood back to survey their handiwork’
    • ‘Mr McCashney then treated all the volunteers to a barbecue and river cruise after the clean up so they could peruse their handiwork.’
    • ‘Enterprising supporters, including York College students and two patients at the hospice, have made and sold their own handiwork.’
    • ‘Resident Colin Spivey discovered their handiwork this weekend after leaving his local B & Q superstore to load his car.’
    • ‘Shane Dow, a crew member, stands back to admire his handiwork after painstakingly filling in Mickey Mouse's ears.’
    • ‘Passers-by stop to compliment him on his handiwork.’
    • ‘In the same way, the earth is God's creation, His handiwork, made for His glory.’
    • ‘Down in the main hall, the decorating team had finished their handiwork.’
    • ‘It stocks exclusively handloom sarees, and this is evident from the intricate handiwork and embroidery on the latest arrivals.’
    • ‘I'm just going to gaze at it admiringly now as if it is my own handiwork…’
    • ‘As for director Christine Jeffs' handiwork, it is marquetry done in mittens.’
    • ‘He knew I was happy with his handiwork and broke his silence.’
    • ‘On the other hand, in the early days a considerable percentage of our hits were by ourselves, admiring our own handiwork.’
    • ‘Then one would be confronted by one's own handiwork, waiting there on that ledge, like giddy children queuing at the top of a waterslide.’
    • ‘Gazing at this handiwork, I was reminded of my childhood desire to break such glass structures to see how these patterns got inside.’
    • ‘Ron Casey, often called ‘Wan’, came to see it and later rang me to say how much he enjoyed my dramatic handiwork.’
    • ‘Mr Clark said: ‘It's not too far for our own volunteers to come to see their handiwork in action.’’
    • ‘She groaned as she did, making a mental note to mend the slightly torn cover even if her sewing handiwork wasn't of the best quality.’
    • ‘Webster sat looking pleased with his handiwork.’
    • ‘Their handiwork has been only too apparent in recent months on the riverbank, in the Fulford Cross allotments, and in Hospital Fields Road.’
    • ‘He's a staff tandem instructor at Raven, and gets to see his handiwork in use almost every day.’
    • ‘The younger cop pondered my handiwork, unsure how to answer.’
    • ‘So confident was he in his skill that more often than not he calmly moved to one side when the chimney dropped, later emerging from the dust to inspect his handiwork.’
    • ‘Despite her handiwork having decorated the entire village for many carnivals, Wendy remains modest about her achievement.’
    • ‘Tanj held her pose, kneeling in front of the Bear, as the Instructor moved off to examine Kayla's handiwork.’
    • ‘It was left to Acting Governor Jane Swift to undo their handiwork.’
    • ‘Prior to the big night, Higgins tests his handiwork at the Ascot races where Eliza captures the heart of Freddy Eynsford-Hill.’
    creation, product, work, achievement, design, doing, action, result
    handicraft, craft, craftwork
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  • 2Making things by hand, considered as a subject of instruction.

    ‘they taught young women reading, writing, and handiwork’
    • ‘In his early years, George would have been much sought after for his handiwork skills, particularly woodwork.’
    • ‘Many artists have grown accustomed to the benefits of preparatory staffs' knowledge and handiwork.’
    • ‘A surgeon's handiwork had left 20-something stitches in a long, straight wound.’
    • ‘She is inspired by traditional woman's handiwork like crocheting and knitting, she says.’
    • ‘‘Fireworks are still made by hand and fired by human handiwork,’ Nigel says.’
    • ‘Scenes behind me are assumed to be Ivan's handiwork in Grenada, back when it was still a category three storm.’
    • ‘He has no problem with council handiwork such as the O'Connell Street plaza being ripped up, if necessary.’
    • ‘Peter Squire was employed to do intermittent handiwork at a friend's Linslade Street house and was given a set of door keys to let himself in.’
    • ‘Botched handiwork by incompetent tradesmen is costing Britons millions of pounds, a new survey claims today.’
    • ‘A delicately stitched 19th century sampler conveys the idea of women's handiwork and family bonds.’
    • ‘Impressed by his unauthorised handiwork, Google proceeded to hire him.’
    • ‘At the beach we observed the patient handiwork of rock balancing artists.’
    • ‘It was all Jalal's psychotic handiwork and I did not have anything to do with.’
    • ‘She doesn't understand why her handiwork gradually ceased to be in demand.’


Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc ‘something made’, interpreted in the 16th century as handy + work.