\ ˈchȯr How to pronounce chore (audio) \

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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, that 15 minutes in the morning might not seem like such a chore. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 Meetings can feel like a chore—and they can't be avoided in a work-from-home model. Anand Inamdar, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Discovering efficacious beauty products can feel like a chore, but that’s what makes the best beauty subscription boxes that much more special. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 But when winning a national title seems like a realistic goal at the start of the season, every game isn’t supposed to feel like a chore. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 Luckily, with some dish detergent and a little elbow grease, deep-cleaning your waffle machine won't seem like such a chore. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2021 In practice, however, performance management often turns into an irritating and pointless chore for all concerned, characterised by endless form filling. David Prosser, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Brianna’s underrated invention, likely to be underrated by modern audiences as well, transforms an onerous chore into a simple task with the stroke of a match. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 The trip to the vaunted Mexican soccer cathedral is always an ominous qualifying chore for the Americans, and the Mexicans will be desperate to take advantage of a chance to leapfrog USMNT in the standings. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Chore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈchȯr How to pronounce chore (audio) \

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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