everyday vs workaday what difference

what is difference between everyday and workaday



From Middle English everidayes, every daies, every dayes (everyday, daily, continual, constant, adjective, literally every day’s), equivalent to every +‎ day.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛvɹiˌdeɪ/


everyday (not comparable)

  1. appropriate for ordinary use, rather than for special occasions
    • 1906, Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children, Chapter 4: The engine-burglar,
      When they had gone, Bobbie put on her everyday frock, and went down to the railway.
  2. commonplace, ordinary
    • 2010, Malcolm Knox, The Monthly, April 2010, Issue 55, The Monthly Ptd Ltd, page 42:
      Although it is an everyday virus, there is something about influenza that inspires awe.


  • mundane
  • quotidian
  • routine
  • unremarkable
  • workaday




  1. Misspelling of every day. (compare everywhere, everyway, etc.).

Usage notes

When describing the frequency of an action denoted by a verb, it is considered correct to separate the individual words: every hour, every day, every week, etc.


everyday (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Literally every day in succession, or every day but Sunday. [14th–19th c.]
  2. (rare) the ordinary or routine day or occasion
    Putting away the tableware for everyday, a chore which is part of the everyday.


  • James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928), “Everyday”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume III (D–E), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 345, column 1.


Alternative forms

  • workyday (obsolete)


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.


workaday (comparative more workaday, superlative most workaday)

  1. Suitable for everyday use.
  2. Mundane or commonplace.


  • 1916, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, p. 102:
    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.”

Related terms

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