Definition of workfare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

workfare

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈwɜːkfeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɜːrkfer//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a system in which unemployed people have to work in order to get money for food, rent, etc. from the government Word Origin 1960s: from work + a shortened form of welfare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: workfare