\ ˈchȯr \

Definition of chore 

1 chores plural : the regular or daily light work of a household or farm

2 : a routine task or job The children were each assigned household chores.

3 : a difficult or disagreeable task doing taxes can be a real chore

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Synonyms for chore


bear, beast, headache, job, killer, labor

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task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance. charged with a variety of tasks duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance. the duties of a lifeguard job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance. the job of turning the company around chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm. every child was assigned chores stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service. a 2-month stint as a reporter assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority. a reporter's assignment

Examples of chore in a Sentence

The children were each assigned different household chores. I liked the simple chore of bringing in the firewood. Doing taxes can be a real chore. That movie is a chore to sit through.
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Additionally, Politico reported last week that staffers had accused Garrett and his wife of forcing them to do personal chores including carrying groceries and walking their dog. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "As Garrett steps aside, GOP resolves to beat 'anti-Semitic' Dem and Hollywood mom," 29 May 2018 Still, Michael – who Mark and Christina said never did chores around the house since moving back in – continued to brush each warning aside. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Parents Successfully Sue to Get Their 30-Year-Old Son to Move Out," 22 May 2018 Lawmakers voted 2-4 against House Bill 284 after a lengthy debate focused more on potential costs and local autonomy rather than school authorities singling out students with school meal debt by making them do chores to pay for meals. Kevin Litten,, "New Orleans City Council approves limit on booting for unpaid tickets," 19 Apr. 2018 Promote age-appropriate jobs that earn your children extra allowance, such as babysitting a younger sibling or doing extra chores. Bevone Ritchie, M.s., miamiherald, "You can't afford to wait: The importance of raising fiscally fit kids | Miami Herald," 18 Apr. 2018 Explore Naper Settlement's historic buildings, play games and even do chores on the settlement. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "Get out for family fun during spring break week," 14 Mar. 2018 Women of all ages also joined together in a decision not to spend any money, go to work, or do any domestic chores for the day. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "International Women's Day 2018: Spanish Women Went on Strike," 8 Mar. 2018 Many men actually enjoy the chore, Dr. Carlson says. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Supermarkets Deploy Sausage Stations, Dad Jokes to Lure Male Shoppers," 9 July 2018 As anyone who watched the Nittany Lions reach back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls with Moorhead calling plays the last two seasons can attest, his offense is a chore to contain. Chris Johnson,, "First-Year Outlooks for the SEC's Six New Head Coaches in 2018," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of chore

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chore

alteration of chare

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English Language Learners Definition of chore

: a small job that is done regularly

: a dull, unpleasant, or difficult job or experience


\ ˈchȯr \

Kids Definition of chore

1 : a small job that is done regularly a household chore Milking the cows is one of my chores on the farm.

2 : a dull, unpleasant, or difficult task Washing windows is such a chore.

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