drudgery

noun
drudg·​ery | \ ˈdrəj-rē How to pronounce drudgery (audio) , ˈdrə-jə-rē \
plural drudgeries

Definition of drudgery

: dull, irksome, and fatiguing work : uninspiring or menial labor the drudgery of his job

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work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force. too tired to do any work labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion. farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering. years of travail were lost when the house burned toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor. his lot would be years of back-breaking toil drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor. an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body. the grind of the assembly line

Examples of drudgery in a Sentence

He hated the drudgery of his job. in the “good old days” household servants led lives filled with much drudgery and little pleasure
Recent Examples on the Web Over a dozen years, The News has helped shape Dallas-Fort Worth into an enviable employment landscape where companies treat their employees with respect, give them sound leadership, engender a sense of mission and make work fun instead of drudgery. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Cheryl Hall: This was a Top 100 Places to Work contest to remember," 12 Nov. 2020 The Peloton formula—hardware, classes and social interaction—leads to the thrill and adrenaline of a sport rather than the drudgery and isolation of working out at home. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Peloton Bike+ Review: Rationalizing a $2,495 Exercise Bike," 18 Oct. 2020 While social isolation makes meal sharing with others outside our bubbles difficult, cooking with those in your bubble and trying new flavors can make the drudgery of dinner prep into a collective time for connecting. Megan Finnerty, USA TODAY, "From astronauts: 5 ways of coping with anxiety, loneliness," 14 Oct. 2020 Now Chris Frantz, a Snazzy cofounder and marketer by trade, says the service reduces the drudgery of creating an initial splurge of ideas to be honed into a fresh campaign. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You," 18 Oct. 2020 With classrooms shuttered and parents losing their jobs, children are trading their ABC's for the D of drudgery: Reading, writing and times tables are giving way to sweat, blisters and fading hopes for a better life. MarÍa Verza, Star Tribune, "Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains," 15 Oct. 2020 With classrooms shuttered and parents losing their jobs, children are trading their ABC’s for the D of drudgery: Reading, writing and times tables are giving way to sweat, blisters and fading hopes for a better life. MarÍa Verza, chicagotribune.com, "Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains," 15 Oct. 2020 Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson singled out Njoku for making the drudgery of practices a joy. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Might UCLA alter its tight end heavy offense? Chip Kelly says no," 12 Oct. 2020 For a lot of the kids now, school is just drudgery from beginning to end—particularly schools that serve poor Black students. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "Learning From Black Educators," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of drudgery

1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drudgery

see drudge entry 1

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The first known use of drudgery was in 1550

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18 Nov 2020

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“Drudgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drudgery. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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drudgery

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How to pronounce drudgery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drudgery

: boring, difficult, or unpleasant work

drudgery

noun
drudg·​ery | \ ˈdrə-jə-rē How to pronounce drudgery (audio) \
plural drudgeries

Kids Definition of drudgery

: hard or dull work

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