workman + -like
workmanlike (comparative more workmanlike, superlative most workmanlike)
- Resembling or characteristic of a workman.
- 1957, Neville Shute, On the Beach, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 3,
- She was dressed in khaki, khaki slacks and khaki shirt, practical and workmanlike.
- Performed with the skill of an artisan or craftsman.
- 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.