Unaware of one's foolishness. Originates from "What a Piece of Work is Man" monologue from Hamlet. More precisely an ironic reflection of how little most men achieve despite being endowed with relatively enormous powers to act and reason. Generally used as a sarcastic "compliment."
My boss can't operate the photocopier without the assistance of half the admin staff. He's a real piece of work!
by werdnurd June 02, 2009
Top Definition
Someone who -- although often interesting -- is difficult to get along with on an every day basis. They often make simple things overly complex, or argue points ad infinitum.
Can you drive by my house this evening on your way to work?

Sure, I'll drive by. Do you want me to stop and pick you up when I'm driving by?

Of course I do. You're a real piece of work, aren't you?
by anon#E#moose September 25, 2006
A person whose stupidity and ignorance never fail to amaze you.
dad: how could you end up with a $10,000 credit card bill?
me: let me think, I go to strip clubs every night...
dad: (shaking his head) you're a real piece of work.
by greekmonkey March 10, 2005
a person who is both crazed and bizarre, yet charming at the same time
When my friend calls Shakespeare a hack trying to look like a good writer, I call her a piece of work
by carpenglishpurple9h May 07, 2011
A real character, a unique individual.
ShaElaiza: I doubt it, Hana F! I think the challenge themes kinda intrigued her, that's all.

Hana Fedora: I think there's more to it..I sincerely do. You're a piece of work Sha. You're my winner in your own competition.
by AScarflet February 10, 2011
Annoying, pain in the butt, obnoxious person
You had sex with the new girl?
"Ya butt she wasn't very good. I had to teach her what to do. Kinda like your wife, haha."
You really are a piece of work.
by Zenagin October 21, 2015
I'm not sure what it means. My boss says it all the time.

1) He says it about attractive women.

2) He says it about a retarded guy wearing a neon yellow reflective vest and riding a tricycle on the sidewalk.
1) Wooo, look at her. She's a piece of work.

2) Look at that guy. He's a piece of work isn't he?
by Lemminwinks May 23, 2007
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