house·​work | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwərk How to pronounce housework (audio) \

Definition of housework

: the work of housekeeping

Examples of housework in a Sentence

I got up early and did some housework.

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Through Papa, college-age young people can sign up to help seniors by going to the store, doing housework or just hanging out. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay," 23 Feb. 2019 My partner works 40 hours a week at a UPS store, then comes home to do housework and play with our son. Liz Tracy, Glamour, "My Life as a Work-at-Home-Mom Was Hell," 13 Sep. 2018 The volunteers with Faith in Action help older adults in Pembina County with transportation, light housework and meals. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "For Elderly in Rural Areas, Volunteers Step In," 10 Dec. 2018 And the people who reported getting the most physical activity were the ones who had exercise built into their daily lives, through simple things like active transport to work, their jobs, or housework. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.," 20 Nov. 2018 Consider one thing nearly all couples fight about: housework. John Gottman And Christopher Dollard,, "Five myths about marriage," 14 June 2018 Indian women do 90% of the housework, the most of any large country. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 Most teen boys not only want to have families, but also are more open to doing housework and cooking. USA TODAY, "The two words we've waited for from Thailand: 'Everyone safe'," 10 July 2018 Data released last week by the Labor Department shows that in 2017, women spent about twice as much time as men on housework and caring for family members, despite the fact that 69% of married women with children under 18 are in the workforce. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "What About the Costs of Working Fatherhood, Readers Ask," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of housework

1613, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of housework

: work (such as cleaning, cooking, or laundry) that is done to keep a house clean and running properly


house·​work | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌwərk How to pronounce housework (audio) \

Kids Definition of housework

: the labor involved in housekeeping

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