1. work done by hand.
  2. the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker: In all of Mozart’s music we discover the handiwork of a genius.
  3. the result of work done by hand: woven mats and other handiwork.


  1. work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
  2. the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing

late 12c., from Old English handgeweorc, from hand (n.) + geweorc, collective form of weorc “work” (see work). Old English ge- regularly reduces to i- in Middle English, and the word probably came to be felt as handy + work.

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