Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Her mostly flat set, with its isolated boxy units, is supposed to suggest jewel boxes but more closely recalls workaday storage units.

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  • Whilst there is no such thing as routine access to space Soyuz launches have a "workaday" feel to them rather than the high drama of a shuttle launch followed by a "workaday" inspection of the TPS!

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  • Reliable as a fine Swiss watch, the St. Gallen, Switzerland-based house can always be counted on to deliver the kind of workaday staples professional women crave, and Sunday's clean-lined collection was no exception.

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  • OK, after all that, all I have left is two videos, the first of which is just the perfect cure for any kind of workaday blues.

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  • According to his sociology of the individual as political fetish, the modern state routinizes gender inequalities through a "workaday" bureaucracy located in the mundane structural demands of economic activity; in the civic arena created by official bureaucracy, patriarchal social patterns formalize commercial relations and enforce the domination of a perceived "natural leader" in the home, the marketplace, and the sphere of civic activity.

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  • The only difference between the English shire hunts and the Welsh 'workaday' hunt is that Welsh hunts cause more suffering.

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  • Took a little time, but, you know, real normal kind of workaday world.

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  • A move online could also encourage users to make more use of the cloud for other purposes such as workaday office tasks.

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  • Science is a laborious, winding, grueling process undertaken by legions of workaday scientists and students that do it for various reasons, but never for money or fame.

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  • Seriously this 8-10 hour workaday thing is hideous and should be abolished, when are people supposed to have time to do all their other jobs?

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