\ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the real reason California needs Amazon for this chore is its scary ruthlessness, its willingness to ignore criticism and rules in the service of delivering on its promise. Joe Mathews, Fortune, "Want to make sure schools reopen? Outsource the job to Amazon," 22 Feb. 2021 Separate by work, home, school or whatever makes sense for you -- and keep it by your side to add each new chore. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "5 science-backed ways to stop Covid-19 pandemic stress right now," 11 Dec. 2020 In his new position, shifts no longer felt like a chore. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two cities: the cautious refugees hit by COVID-19 and those who call it a hoax and refuse masks," 18 Dec. 2020 When preparing a meal, planning is half the battle, and when crunched for time, coming up with new things to cook can start to feel like a chore. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 After the emergency authorizations, next comes the chore of distributing the early and scant doses that were manufactured at the same time as they were being tested. Meredith Cohn,, "With U.S. likely next to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine, soldier from Ellicott City urges Marylanders, Americans to take it," 10 Dec. 2020 And that's fine—and more reason to take the bus for those journeys that are more like a chore. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "People asked for a Mazda 3 with more power: The 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo review," 20 Nov. 2020 Setting yourself up for financial success doesn’t need to be a chore. Emily Pandise, NBC News, "Want to set financial goals you can actually keep? Here are 7 easy ways to make it happen," 14 Jan. 2021 The resulting room is a place where laundry seems like less of a chore, thanks to the chic surroundings. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sara Hillery Creates a Colorful, "Lifeproof" House for a Young Family," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Chore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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