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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *inwork, from Old English inweorc (indoor work), from in- + weorc (work). Cognate with Scots inwark, inwork (domestic work, indoor work). More at in-, work.


inwork (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Indoor work, work done inside the home.
    • 1981, Cragg, Dawson, Great Britain. Dept. of Employment, Qualitative research among homeworkers:
      Many respondents saw their earnings as a marginal, even though often essential, contribution to the household budget and one outside the formal constraints of inwork.

Etymology 2[edit]

From in- +‎ work. Compare Dutch inwerken (to affect, orient), German einwirken (to influence, impinge).


inwork (third-person singular simple present inworks, present participle inworking, simple past and past participle inwrought or inworked)

  1. (transitive) To work in or into.
  2. (intransitive) To work or operate within.
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