\ˈchȯr \

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


bear, beast, headache, job, killer, labor

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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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In rural farming and ranching areas, children quickly learned to drive the family pickup in the course of finishing off their chores. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 Many spend non-work hours doing household chores and caring for children, more so than their male counterparts, the study states. Emily Price, Fortune, "Women Who Work Long Hours Could Be at a Greater Risk for Diabetes," 3 July 2018 And while it was mentioned from the stage that Powell was the first composer to write a theme for Chewbacca, Haab had actually written a theme for the furry Wookie as part of his 2015 Battlefront chores. Paula Parisi, Billboard, "As Composer Gordy Haab Games the 'Star Wars' Universe, Could He Be John Williams' Heir Apparent?," 31 May 2018 These PhD students and non-tenured academics do the teaching that the star professors, hired for their research abilities, shun as a chore. The Economist, "How global university rankings are changing higher education," 17 May 2018 Police there say Jorge Carvajal Cabrera, 24, struck his brother seven or eight times with a machete when the brother and his girlfriend tried to leave the brothers' apartment Monday without finishing his chores. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "The drug deal was worth $30. He grabbed a rusty machete when it all went wrong, N.M. cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 Williams had always had an interest in trains and trucks, but his favorite chore — cutting the grass — actually gave him an in with the fire station. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How a man with autism became an important member of Hartland's fire department," 19 Apr. 2018 Practicality may be king for vehicles tasked with the demands of suburban responsibility, yet our chores need not be devoid of enjoyment. Car and Driver, "2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment," 30 Jan. 2018 Previous research suggested that couples divide their chores based on income, where the lower-earning partner cleans more than the higher-earning one. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Most Americans Still Think Women Should Do The Household Chores," 6 Sep. 2016

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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 \

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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