Definition of workalike in US English:



  • 1A computer that is able to use the software of another machine without modification.

    • ‘Similarly, TeleVideo launched an IBM workalike last year but found few buyers.’
    • ‘Once the BIOS was cracked, anyone could manufacture an IBM-PC workalike.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of software or hardware intended to duplicate the functionality of another.
      • ‘Windows workalikes for the Linux software I use daily, all of which came with Mandrake 8.0 in the ‘Powerpack’ box that cost $65, would run well over $1,000.’
      • ‘Linux, the GPL workalike, needed equivalent extension workalikes for itself - Lesstif, for instance.’
      • ‘However, there are many useful routines in the kernel that give you functionality similar to library routines, including workalikes for most of the str family of functions from the C library.’
      • ‘Everything from multichannel DAWs to streaming audio servers and TiVO workalikes - if you can think of building it with a computer, someone's probably already done it with Open Source.’
      • ‘NET workalike is Microsoft's next great hope for future revenues and competitor obfuscation.’