\ 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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Synonyms for chore


assignment, duty, job, task

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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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Of course, few people can avoid chores every weekend. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations," 26 Mar. 2019 There are few household chores more notoriously frustrating than folding a fitted sheet. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Fold a Fitted Sheet, According to Marie Kondo," 8 Feb. 2019 If prices come down, exoskeleton makers believe individuals will buy or rent the devices for household chores and outdoor activities. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 Consider giving them household chores that are safe and can offer a sense of purpose. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Give Their Best Advice for Keeping Your Loved One Active and Engaged," 5 Dec. 2018 How to Avoid Post-Laundry Breakouts Beyond keeping up with your chore list, laundry products could certainly be triggering breakouts, according to the experts. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Dryer Sheets Cause Acne and Irritation? Dermatologists Weigh In," 21 Sep. 2018 Most women in the camp, burdened by household chores, never complete their education. Deirdre Fernandes,, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 But both West and LaBeouf tend to gravitate toward a trimmer fit on the bottom (or short-shorts), with a big boxy sweatshirt or an oversize chore coat on top. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Justin Bieber Is Back, and on a Baggy Outfit Kick," 15 June 2018 And while waiting for that to happen, all that's left, mostly, are a series of pratfalls, as the pampered heir -- who has never worked a day in his life -- tries to master a construction job and simple household chores. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Tully' shines and 'Overboard' sinks during break from blockbusters," 3 May 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 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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