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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 There can be chores and manual labor and scavenger hunts and bike riding and gardening and whatever else, but back off the school work. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 13 May 2020 Between work, child care, and household chores, many of those currently cooped up at home have ample excuses for not socializing. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Excuses People Are Using to Hang Up on Videochat," 22 Apr. 2020 Weekends are spent trying to catch up on chores and cleanup. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Coronavirus and the Kids," 17 Apr. 2020 Finding the right pieces to update your kitchen can feel like an intimidating or expensive chore. Summer Cartwright, Better Homes & Gardens, "Deal Alert! Nordstrom Is Having a Massive Kitchen Sale with Items Up to 60% Off," 10 Apr. 2020 Every day during what seems like an endless quarantine, Judith Persutti assigns herself a chore. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicaid Abruptly Canceled Her Health Insurance. Then Came the Coronavirus.," 25 Mar. 2020 Some planned to binge-watch TV, catch up on chores such as cleaning out the basement, exercise at home, do more cooking or catch up on their reading. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "Millions of Americans hole up at home as coronavirus shutdown threatens jobs," 16 Mar. 2020 Taking responsibility for their own laundry, a chore neither of them wanted to do, meant that the task always got done but never rested solely on one partner or the other. Larkin Clark, Glamour, "Wedding Planning—Like Most Things in a Relationship—Shouldn’t Only Be the Woman’s Job," 9 Mar. 2020 The rent is just $500, but keeping the place habitable requires a kooky, Sisyphean chore. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kajillionaire': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chore.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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17 May 2020

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“Chore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 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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