Definition of hand labour in English:

hand labour

Pronunciation /ˈhan(d) ˌleɪbə/


(US hand labor)
  • Work done with the hands, manual labour; (now usually) work done by hand as opposed to by machine, etc.

    In earlier use frequently with personal pronoun: a person's own work or labour (of any kind).


Early 16th century. From hand + labour. Compare earlier handiwork, handwork.