workman +‎ -like


workmanlike ‎(comparative more workmanlike, superlative most workmanlike)

  1. Performed with the skill of an artisan or craftsman.
  2. Done competently but without flair.
    • 1999, Andrew Graham-Dixon, A History of British Art, Univ of California Press (ISBN 9780520223769), page 120
      Even his most matter-of-fact, workmanlike paintings are charged with an entirely personal morbidity.
    • 2002, Tom Friedman, Germano Celant, Fondazione Prada (Milan, Italy), Mario Perniola, Tom Friedman, Progetto Prada Arte
      The tandem arrangement does not misuse Close, for he has gotten decades of acclaim for a tedious, workmanlike art.
    • 2014, Scott Winfield Sublett, Screenwriting for Neurotics: A Beginner's Guide to Writing a Feature-Length Screenplay from Start to Finish, University of Iowa Press (ISBN 9781609382766), page 190
      Clear, workmanlike prose will do fine, and polishing up the prose is for the second draft.
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