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 For her, the tent became an escape from the drudgery and isolation of working the overnight shift at Amazon. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 What if access to gear could encourage more people of color to escape into the outdoors, away from the ceaseless drudgery of 2020? The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 While the Inquisitors have tracked lesser Jedi across the galaxy, one in particular, Reva (Moses Ingram), appears obsessed with locating Kenobi, who is living an existence of desert drudgery while hiding in plain view. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 May 2022 With features like these, the Hydrow is aiming to make working out more of an experience than daily drudgery. Brittany Vincent, SELF, 3 May 2022 The reopening came as employees continued to signal their displeasure with cubicle drudgery. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 Going back to work is a return to normalcy after two years of pandemic drudgery. Joel Mathis, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 At least participating in the games provides a real opportunity to get rich - ordinary life promises only drudgery, hardship, and ever-accumulating debt. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Their exhaustion came not from the drudgery of commuting to and from a desk job but from the inherent slog of living in a body in 2021 — a grinding and disappointing year. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Drudgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drudgery. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of drudgery

: hard or dull work

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