Definition of -work in US English:

-work

combining form

  • 1Denoting things or parts made of a specified material or with specified tools.

    ‘silverwork’
    ‘fretwork’
    1. 1.1 Denoting a mechanism or structure of a specified kind.
      ‘bridgework’
      ‘clockwork’
    2. 1.2 Denoting ornamentation of a specified kind, or articles having such ornamentation.
      ‘knotwork’