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. Performed with the skill of an artisan or craftsman.
  3. 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.