drudgery

noun
drudg·​ery | \ˈdrəj-rē, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for drudgery

Synonyms

donkeywork, drudge, fatigue, grind, labor, moil, slavery, sweat, toil, travail

Antonyms

fun, play

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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

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The internet can be a joyful, vibrant place full of important information, connectivity, and diversions from everyday drudgery. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Are Taking a Social Media Break (And So Can You)," 24 July 2018 Teen movies are usually synonymous with budding romance, bothersome bullies, complicated familial relationships, and the overall drudgery of high school. Genelle Levy, Teen Vogue, "The Hate U Give Is the Film That Black Girls Need Today," 19 Oct. 2018 Weah’s first league goal was the result of unusual drudgery. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Tim Weah can’t escape famous name on back of PSG & US jersey," 4 Sep. 2018 But in this context, the robots are simply taking some of the drudgery away from humans. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work," 18 July 2018 Fink also found that Vicodin eased certain socializing drudgery, such as family parties. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Mommy's Little Helper:," 13 Aug. 2016 Cassius’ thrilling escape from drudgery and poverty reveals itself as simply a more insidious form of entrapment, one that sends poisonous tendrils into every corner of his life. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018 Borlaug grew up in Iowa, schooled in the drudgery of farm life. BostonGlobe.com, "Biographies highlight some key figures in environmentalism," 27 Apr. 2018 In 2015 nearly a third of British lawyers were looking to leave the profession, according to the job searches of more than 1,000 of them by Life Productions, a career-change consultancy, perhaps because of the drudgery. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018

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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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drudgery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drudgery

: boring, difficult, or unpleasant work

drudgery

noun
drudg·​ery | \ˈdrə-jə-rē \
plural drudgeries

Kids Definition of drudgery

: hard or dull work

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