Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Industrious; diligent.

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  • adjective archaic Industrious; diligent.
  • adjective Laborious; work-intensive.

Etymologies

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From work +‎ -some. Cognate with German wirksam ("effective, operative, effectual"), Swedish verksam ("active, operative").

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