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

grind, labor, 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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As family incomes rise, women get more education, but upon completing their studies are excused from drudgery in favour of tending home. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 The smartphone became a way to help Vivek make the most of his journey and spend less time on the drudgery of logistics and discovery. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 Parenting is drudgery and doubt punctuated by flashes of blue failure and bright joy. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Loneliness of the American Soccer Fan," 15 June 2018 But the message is the same: The visits will be drudgery, but so what? Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?," 22 Apr. 2018 Branch captures the excitement, danger and drudgery of life on the rodeo circuit, as the Wright boys chase the large and little wins that will, with luck, take them to the finals and the big money. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West,’ by John Branch," 17 May 2018 And as Barry, a veteran turned hitman resigned to a life of murder and drudgery, Hader gets to flex not just his facial muscles, but his acting, writing, and directing ones, too. Caroline Framke, Vox, "Barry is not the Bill Hader comedy you might expect. It’s way more interesting.," 23 Mar. 2018 Reitman, Cody and Theron all work to convey that middle-of-the-night feeling, the broken stillness and the drudgery, and hovering over it all, some vague sense of unreality. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: ‘Tully’ is mixed results for Jason Reitman, Diablo Cody and Charlize Theron reunion," 4 May 2018 Behind the blockbuster contracts, 40-point quarters and moonbeam threes, there is drudgery to what the Rockets do. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Space City: How Faith Fuels the Rockets' Explosive Offense," 1 May 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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