Definition of workmanlike in English:



  • Showing efficient competence.

    ‘a steady, workmanlike approach’
    • ‘That liability is not qualified by any term that work be done with reasonable skill and care or in a competent or workmanlike manner.’
    • ‘Britten betrays his workmanlike approach to composing here: there was no question of waiting for inspiration to descend.’
    • ‘They went about their tasks in a very professional and workmanlike manner.’
    • ‘Although he was happy with the team's workmanlike performance, he reckoned there were enough chances to win this contest.’
    • ‘This was more like it - a workmanlike performance embued with no shortage of skill and plenty of heart.’
    • ‘Yoder's style, illustrated in this Anniston Star piece, appears to be workmanlike but not unusual.’
    • ‘His workmanlike approach doesn't lend itself to much praise, but what he's doing this season is remarkable.’
    • ‘The workmanlike Campbell deserved a goal for his efforts, and thought he had it four minutes before half time only to see his simple finish ruled out by a linesmen's flag.’
    • ‘His workmanlike versatility and steady output have earned him a reputation as an artistic chameleon.’
    • ‘For two years the Mongols moved from fortress to fortress with workmanlike efficiency.’
    • ‘A solid, workmanlike display, they won't be far away at season's end.’
    • ‘The first he managed in an efficient, workmanlike manner.’
    • ‘However, he seemed happy to look over my plans and that, coupled with workmanlike builder's hands and nice Italian shoes, made my heart skip.’
    • ‘Included in the deal was the four-wheel-drive Musso, a workmanlike offroader which had never really achieved anything.’
    • ‘Lawson's workmanlike approach to the Hull game was typical of the whole team, who are making far fewer sloppy mistakes than earlier in the campaign.’
    • ‘Dukinfield are workmanlike rather than spectacular and from the kick-off they displayed their intention of frustrating the home side.’
    • ‘Yeah, they'll win a lot of games in an efficient, workmanlike fashion.’
    • ‘In his absence, his new club, under their new coach, made a workmanlike start to the Premiership campaign, but won few plaudits for style.’
    • ‘As he tells it, Kwan approached his criminal life with workmanlike discipline.’
    • ‘The other pair were intent on turning every course they worked on into a masterpiece, as a monument to their genius but the Scot was far more workmanlike in the way he did his business.’
    efficient, competent, satisfactory
    professional, proficient, skilled, skilful, adept, masterly
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