noun \ˈchȯr\

Definition of chore

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

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

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

Examples of chore in a sentence

  1. The children were each assigned different household chores.

  2. I liked the simple chore of bringing in the firewood.

  3. Doing taxes can be a real chore.

  4. That movie is a chore to sit through.

Origin and Etymology of chore

alteration of chare

First Known Use: 1746

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

CHORE Defined for English Language Learners


noun \ˈchȯr\

Definition of chore for English Language Learners

  • : a small job that is done regularly

  • : a dull, unpleasant, or difficult job or experience

CHORE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈchȯr\

Definition of chore for Students

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

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

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