American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Merely mechanical; routine: "a sensitive, self-conscious creature . . . in sad revolt against uncongenially banausic employment” ( London Magazine).
- adj. Of or relating to a mechanic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Merely mechanical; characteristic of mechanics or a mechanic.
- adj. (formal) ordinary and not refined
- From Ancient Greek βαναυσικός (banausikos, "of or for mechanics"), from βάναυσος (banausos, "mechanical, ironsmith"), from βαύνος (baunos, "furnace, forge"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek banausikos, from banausos, mechanic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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