chores plural : the regular or daily light work of a household or farm
: a routine task or job
The children were each assigned household chores.
: a difficult or disagreeable task
doing taxes can be a real chore
Choose the Right Synonym for chore

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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Word History


alteration of chare

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chore was in 1746

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“Chore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈchō(ə)r How to pronounce chore (audio)
plural : the regular light work of a household or farm
: an ordinary task
: a dull, unpleasant, or difficult task

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