adjective Date: 1739 characterized by the skill and efficiency typical of a good workman <
workmanlike thoroughness
; also competent and skillful but not outstanding or original <
an adequate…reporter who turned out workmanlike copy — Tom Clancy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • workmanlike — work‧man‧like [ˈwɜːkmənlaɪk ǁ ˈwɜːrk ] adjective a workmanlike piece of work has been done in a careful, skilful way: • All work is to be executed in a workmanlike manner, in accordance with the relevant drawings and specifications. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Workmanlike — Work man*like , a. Becoming a workman, especially a skillful one; skillful; well performed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • workmanlike — efficient, no nonsense, 1739, from workman (see WORK (Cf. work) (v.)) + LIKE (Cf. like) …   Etymology dictionary

  • workmanlike — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing efficient competence …   English terms dictionary

  • workmanlike — [wʉrk′mənlīk΄] adj. characteristic of a good workman; skillful: also workmanly …   English World dictionary

  • workmanlike — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)kmənlaɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as workmanlike, you mean that it has been done quite well and sensibly, but not in a particularly imaginative or original way. Really it s a workmanlike conference rather than a… …   English dictionary

  • workmanlike — un·workmanlike; workmanlike; …   English syllables

  • workmanlike — /werrk meuhn luyk /, adj. 1. like or befitting a workman. 2. skillful; well executed: a workmanlike piece of writing. Also, workmanly. [1400 50; late ME werkmanlike. See WORKMAN, LIKE] * * * …   Universalium

  • workmanlike — work|man|like [ˈwə:kmənlaık US ˈwə:rk ] adj done in a way which shows skill and hard work, but may not be exciting ▪ The team put up a good workmanlike performance to win 1 0 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • workmanlike — work|man|like [ wɜrkmən,laık ] adjective done or made in a professional way: a workmanlike performance …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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