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outwork

Definition of Outwork

(noun) Work completed at home for pay, typically on a per piece basis.

Outwork Audio Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: out·work

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /out-wUHRk/
  • British English – /OU-twuhrk/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈaʊtˌwərk/
  • British English – /ˈaʊtwəːk/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: outworks
  • Outwork also refers to school work completed at home.
  • Not to be confused with domestic labor.
  • Variant spellings:
    • out work
    • out-work
  • Also called outworking.

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Cite the Definition of Outwork

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “outwork.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/outwork/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

outwork. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/outwork/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “outwork.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/outwork/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“outwork.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 19 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/outwork/>.