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 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 The only point of interest for the audience amid all the drudgery is that an actual beloved movie star — Will Smith for King Richard — might win the Best Actor honors. Kyle Smith, National Review, 26 Mar. 2022 But getting clothes and bedding clean is rarely a drudgery, thanks to the room's deft design, abundant storage, and soothing cabinet color. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2022 Enjoyment means refusing to be managed by pleasures, nor subjugated by joyless drudgery. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2022 Turturro is the rule-loving Ira, a dignified man who believes there is something meaningful about his bureaucratic drudgery. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2022 As news spread of the latest coronavirus surge, fueled by the Omicron variant, parents faced a return to the drudgery of school through a screen, child care crises and restless young bodies, penned inside for the winter. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 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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23 May 2022

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“Drudgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drudgery. Accessed 26 May. 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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