Origin of Workaday
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 +"Ž a +"Ž day is cognate, but not the correct etymology - a much older formation.
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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