don·​key·​work ˈdäŋ-kē-ˌwərk How to pronounce donkeywork (audio)
: monotonous and routine work : drudgery

Examples of donkeywork in a Sentence

the donkeywork involved in setting up one's own start-up software firm

Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of donkeywork was in 1920

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“Donkeywork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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