from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or suited for working days; everyday.
  • adj. Mundane; commonplace: "the practical, workaday world, of ... ordinary undistinguished things” ( Lionel Trilling).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. suitable for everyday use
  • adj. mundane or commonplace

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See workyday.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A working-day.
  • Working-day; relating to workdays; plodding; toiling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. found in the ordinary course of events


From Middle English werkeday, workday : werke (alteration of work; see work) + day, day; see day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 1200, Middle English werkedei, from Old Norse virkr dagr ("working day"). Cognate to later workday; see work and day. Used in adjective sense from 16th century. Note that the surface analysis work +‎ a +‎ day is cognate, but not the correct etymology – a much older formation. (Wiktionary)


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