drudgery

noun drudg·ery \ ˈdrəj-rē , ˈdrə-jə-rē \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of drudgery

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

Examples of drudgery in a Sentence

  1. He hated the drudgery of his job.

  2. in the “good old days” household servants led lives filled with much drudgery and little pleasure

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Origin and Etymology of drudgery

Synonym Discussion of drudgery

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

DRUDGERY Defined for English Language Learners

drudgery

noun

Definition of drudgery for English Language Learners

  • : boring, difficult, or unpleasant work


DRUDGERY Defined for Kids

drudgery

noun drudg·ery \ ˈdrə-jə-rē \

Definition of drudgery for Students

plural drudgeries
: hard or dull work


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