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 As in most entry-level jobs, the work is largely drudgery: Miller’s most important task as an assistant is clipping every gossip column from the morning papers, compiling it onto a sheet, and circulating copies to the editors. Laura Marsh, The New Republic, "Infinite Jerk," 12 Feb. 2020 For an escape from the domestic drudgery, a slew of travel industry players have created scenic backgrounds for Zoom participants. Washington Post, "Even if you can’t travel, your Zoom meetings can," 15 Apr. 2020 Overseas, in Europe, millions of American troops continued to engage in baseball, football and boxing behind the front lines as a respite from the drudgery of trench warfare. Lars Dzikus, The Conversation, "A world without sports," 7 Apr. 2020 These fanciful ideas were meant to liberate employees from the drudgery of the office. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture," 24 Feb. 2020 The majesty of the trees, the freedom of the birds and the spectacle of colorful sunrises took on greater significance away from the drudgery of computer screens and morning commutes. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Makin' Tracks: Dierks Bentley Gives An Elevated Take On 'Living'," 20 Mar. 2019 For a few glorious weeks, millions of people across the city flee the drudgery of the office and factory to spend an hour or two in places like this, eating and drinking under falling sakura petals. The Economist, "Correspondent’s diary Japan’s cherry blossoms in a time of coronavirus," 23 Mar. 2020 Arik Hill, the charity’s chief information officer, blames the data entry drudgery for an annual staff turnover of 42 percent at the time. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Is Coming for Your Most Mind-Numbing Office Tasks," 14 Mar. 2020 That Zen pronouncement doesn't make the day-in/day-out drudgery of aging any easier. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'So Late So Soon': Film Review," 6 Mar. 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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20 May 2020

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“Drudgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drudgery. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drudgery

: boring, difficult, or unpleasant work


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

Kids Definition of drudgery

: hard or dull work

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