verb (used with object), un·der·worked, un·der·work·ing.
- to do less work on than is necessary or required: to underwork an idea.
- to employ inadequately: He underworks his mind and overworks his feet.
verb (used without object), un·der·worked, un·der·work·ing.
- to do less work than is normal or proper: He is fat because he underworks and overeats.
- Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
- elaborated; embellished.
- not rough or crude.
- produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.
- archaic a past tense and past participle of work
- metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
- (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
- decorated or made with delicate care
mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).