Definitions

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

  • adj. Befitting a skilled artisan or craftsperson; skillfully done.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Performed with the skill of an artisan or craftsman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming a workman, especially a skillful one; skillful; well performed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like or worthy of a skilful workman; hence, well-executed; skilful.
  • In a workmanlike manner.

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

  • adj. worthy of a good workman

Etymologies

workman +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But for the reasons I have given I believe we would do it in workmanlike way and adapt our own polity to the arrival of a Civil Law entity with relative ease.

    Shared Values or Just Bosh and Baloney?

  • He ran the spread option offense in workmanlike fashion, taking what Ole Miss (1-3) gave him underneath and never forcing the deep pass.

    USATODAY.com - College Football - Florida vs. Mississippi

  • KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Fourth-ranked Tennessee got through a non-conference tuneup in workmanlike fashion, cruising to a 26-3 victory over Middle Tennessee in the first meeting between the schools.

    NCAA Division I College Football - Middle Tennessee vs. Tennessee

  • It is often said that Joe Frazier was a workmanlike heavyweight, but if by "workmanlike" they mean "nothing particularly special," then there is something radically amiss with that description.

    An Appreciation of a Champion

  • It strikes me as competent and workmanlike, which is in stark contrast to most Congresscritters these days.

    Obama for President! - The Panda's Thumb

  • She was turned out in what one might have called workmanlike fashion, although neat and wholly feminine.

    The Way of a Man

  • The Drones delivered what could only be described as a workmanlike performance, as you might expect from this workmanlike band, but never one that quite transcended expectations.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • In his classic Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America, Peattie drones on for 434 pages in language that can most generously be called workmanlike (typical passage: "Oaks are usually ponderous and heavy-wooded trees, with scaly or furrowed bark, and more or less five-angled twigs and, consequently, five-ranked leaves"), but when at last he turns his attention to the New England sugar maple and its vivid autumnal regalia, it is as if someone has spiked his cocoa.

    I'm A Stranger Here Myself

  • No Yankee has ever been more "workmanlike" despite his lofty wages as Jeter.

    Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories

  • Obama had promised a "workmanlike" speech and this seems along those lines.

    Obama's Speech: "America, We Are Better Than These Last Eight Years"

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