AskDefine | Define workaday

The Collaborative Dictionary

Workaday \Work"a*day`\, n. See Workyday. [1913 Webster]
Workyday \Work"y*day`\, n. [See Workday, Workingday.] A week day or working day, as distinguished from Sunday or a holiday. Also used adjectively. [Written also workiday, and workaday.] [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Prithee, tell her but a workyday fortune. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

workaday adj : found in the ordinary course of events; "a placid everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant [syn: everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable]



  1. suitable for everyday use
  2. mundane or commonplace


    • 1916: "A retreat, my dear boys, signifies a withdrawal for a while from the cares of our life, the cares of this workaday world, in order to examine the state of our conscience, to reflect on the mysteries of holy religion and to understand better why we are here in this world." - James Joyce, ''Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 102)
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