Definitions of workaday

  1. 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
  2. See Workyday.
  3. Pertaining to working- days; every day; hence, prosaic or common.
  4. Working day by day; prosaic; humdrum.

Usage examples for workaday

  1. There was just one thing in all the room that looked poor, workaday. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  2. But even my workaday little pads wouldn't carry me many steps. – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  3. The wonder of the " Arabian Nights" is cheap and tame and theatrical compared to the wonder of this everyday workaday world of ours, in the midst of which and by means of which we are carrying on our business and our daily avocations. – Our Unitarian Gospel by Minot Savage
  4. He had stepped out from his workaday life among the grooms and officers and occasional glimpses of his lonely old master, into an enchanted region, where great personages whose very names were luminous with fame, now lived and breathed and looked cheerful or sullen before his very eyes; and one who knew them in their daily life stood by him and commented and interpreted them for him. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  5. The flannel shirt of workaday service was replaced to- day by a severely smart affair of white silk, high- collared, stitched, expensively simple. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  6. She realized, but dimly, perhaps, that she had gotten nearer the hearts of these people of the workaday world, not only Helen, but Edith and Jessie, who were all to be wage- earners that fall, thus opening up to her a new avenue of hopes and desires. – Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer by Rena I. Halsey
  7. What could a plain, unassuming, workaday clerk do in the way of being a hero? – The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories by Charles Weathers Bump
  8. To most of us in America who must perforce lead workaday lives, the absence of beauty is a very distinct lack. – The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe
  9. He feels that he can neither lead nor help himself; and then he plunges hopelessly into the workaday world and endeavours to ward off such feelings by study. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. But morning invariably brought back reality and her workaday could envelop her busily, even happily. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  11. He could never remember such a pleasant air from the water and such a vivid enjoyment in the sight of the workaday world. – At Sunwich Port, Complete by W.W. Jacobs
  12. We did not know they made such cigars in this workaday world. – Idle Ideas in 1905 by Jerome K. Jerome
  13. The portrait of Eha is reproduced from one taken in 1902 in a flat on the Apollo Bunder, and shows the man as he was in workaday life in Bombay. – Concerning Animals and Other Matters by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  14. And for the Peacock's share in the doings of that dreadful day the Lord took away his beautiful voice and sent him forth from the pleasant garden to chatter harshly in this workaday world, where his gorgeousness and his vanity are but a reminder to men of the shame which he brought upon their ancestors. – The Curious Book of Birds by Abbie Farwell Brown
  15. He had a great love of music and little time for the joy of it; but occasionally, when workaday noises were muffled by Saturday afternoons, it used to come back to him that there were glories. – The Altar of the Dead by Henry James
  16. I did not write, but I pictured, and my waking dreams became so vivid that I was in a fair way to treat them as the only reality, and might have discarded the workaday world altogether. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  17. It was a homely, workaday- looking book, and she did not read a word of it, though her eyes were upon the page. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  18. There are enough battles to fight outside, enough jarring and jostling in the street, enough disputing in the market- place, enough discord in the workaday world, without having to look for contention in the realm of the inner life also. – Friendship by Hugh Black
  19. The spectacle of Sarah Ellen Dow going home with her humble workaday possessions, from the house where she had gone in haste only a few days before to care for a sick person well known to them both, was a very sad sight. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett