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From Middle English hondywerk, handiwerc, from Old English handġeweorc (work done by hand, creation), from hand (hand) + ġeweorc (work), equal to hand +‎ work. Compare Saterland Frisian Hondwierk, Dutch handwerk, German Handwerk.



handiwork (usually uncountable, plural handiworks)

  1. Work done by the hands.
    The Museum of Popular Arts showcases Portugal's finest handiworks.
  2. A handmade object; handicraft
  3. Work done personally.
    • (Can we date this quote?) - Psalms 19:1
      The firmament showeth his handiwork.
  4. The result of personal efforts.
    • 2004 Fall, Laurence Claus, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, volume 28, number 1, page 119-168:
      As a primary architect of the draft Constitution that emerged from Philadelphia in 1787, Madison substantially bore the burden of defending his handiwork in his home state.