noun drudg·ery \ˈdrəj-rē, ˈdrə-jə-rē\

: boring, difficult, or unpleasant work

plural drudg·er·ies

Full Definition of DRUDGERY

:  dull, irksome, and fatiguing work :  uninspiring or menial labor

Examples of DRUDGERY

  1. He hated the drudgery of his job.
  2. <in the good old days household servants led lives filled with much drudgery and little pleasure>

First Known Use of DRUDGERY


Synonym Discussion of DRUDGERY

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force <too tired to do any work>. labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion <farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor>. travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering <years of travail were lost when the house burned>. toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor <his lot would be years of back-breaking toil>. drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor <an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery>. grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body <the grind of the assembly line>.

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.
DRUDGERY Defined for Kids


noun drudg·ery \ˈdrə-jə-rē\
plural drudg·er·ies

Definition of DRUDGERY for Kids

:  hard or dull work


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