"merely mechanical," coined 1845 from Greek banausikos "pertaining to mechanics," from banausos "artisan, simple mechanical," for this reason (into the Greeks) "base, ignoble;" maybe actually "working by fire," from baunos "furnace, forge" (but Klein dismisses this as people etymology and calls it "of uncertain origin").
(formal) ordinary rather than refined
(Gr. banausos) Vulgar; illiberal; applied particularly to arts, sciences, or occupations that deform your body or the mind. --G.R.M.