WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
book•work  (bŏŏkwûrk′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. work or research that requires studying or reading, as distinguished from laboratory experimentation or the like.
  2. Businessbookkeeping or other paperwork necessary to the running of a business.
  3. Printingwork on books or pamphlets, as distinguished from work on newspapers.
Also,  book-work′. 
  • 1840–50; book + work; compare Old English bōcweorc study, independently formed from same elements

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bookwork /ˈbʊkˌwɜːk/ n
  1. the keeping of accounts
  2. learning through the study of books rather than from practical experience


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