workmanlike

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

workman +‎ -like

Adjective[edit]

workmanlike (comparative more workmanlike, superlative most workmanlike)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of a workman.
    • 1957, Neville Shute, On the Beach, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 3,[1]
      She was dressed in khaki, khaki slacks and khaki shirt, practical and workmanlike.
  2. Done competently but without flair.
    • 1999, Andrew Graham-Dixon, A History of British Art, Univ of California Press →ISBN, 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, page 190
      Clear, workmanlike prose will do fine, and polishing up the prose is for the second draft.
  3. Performed with the skill of an artisan or craftsman. (Can we add an example for this sense?)