\ 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 Unfortunately, Hartnett says there's a sharp drop in recreational reading around fourth grade and after, because that's when kids start being assigned more reading that feels less like fun and more like a chore. Jill Coody Smits, Washington Post, "Why you shouldn’t censor your teen’s reading (even the sex and violence)," 4 Feb. 2020 Collette, along with Wever, has to deliver enough humor and ease to keep Unbelievable from feeling like a chore. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes TV: Who Should Win, Who Will Win," 2 Jan. 2020 Cooking dinner for my family at the end of a long workday can feel like a chore for me as well, despite my deep passion for homemade food and my ease in the kitchen. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Bold and colorful, this shrimp sheet pan dinner is ready in 30 minutes," 1 Nov. 2019 Even fingerprint sensors feel like a chore after this. Wired, "Which Microsoft Surface Should You Buy?," 31 Oct. 2019 For some bakers, making gender-reveal cakes has become a chore. Kim Severson, New York Times, "It’s a Girl! It’s a Boy! And for the Gender-Reveal Cake, It May Be the End," 17 June 2019 And this week, to accommodate West Coast viewers, the games start a bit later than usual (giving you East Coasters extra time to complete your chores). Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to watch NFL playoff games live online for free—without cable," 19 Jan. 2020 An individual family might divide up its chores by agreeing on a theory of equality that balances quick, unpleasant tasks, such as bathroom-cleaning, with slower, more enjoyable ones, such as dog-walking. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "The Equality Conundrum," 6 Jan. 2020 Plus, Vanessa realizes that Mandy is tricking Kyle (Christoph Sanders) into doing all their married chores. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Exclusive Last Man Standing sneak peek reveals happy news that turns into a Baxter family fight," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Chore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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