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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Mechanical; materialistic, uncultured.
  • adj. utilitarian

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Merely mechanical; characteristic of mechanics or a mechanic.

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

  • adj. (formal) ordinary and not refined


Greek banausikos, from banausos, mechanic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek βαναυσικός (banausikos, "of or for mechanics"), from βάναυσος (banausos, "mechanical, ironsmith"), from βαύνος (baunos, "furnace, forge"). (Wiktionary)



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