Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or suited for working days.
  • adjective Ordinary or commonplace.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See workyday.

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  • adjective suitable for everyday use
  • adjective mundane or commonplace

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

  • adjective found in the ordinary course of events

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English werkeday, workday : werke (alteration of work; see work) + day, day; see day.]

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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.

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