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.
Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, the higher the share of the housework someone was doing, the slower that cortisol went away. Julie Bogen, The Atlantic, 9 May 2022 Although the study analyzes detailed survey data gathered from couples in the early 1990s and mid-2000s, the basic contours—and inequities—of how housework is divided haven’t changed much since then. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2022 Denise, 62, still spends one night a week at the Lanzas’ apartment, helping with the kids and housework. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Still, her egalitarian vision would thrive in the world Federici imagines, in which governments pay for housework and provide free, reliable, and robust social services, which would lower the cost of living tremendously. Lily Meyer, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2021 The compensation-for-housework measure was included in a new civil code that went into effect last year. Vivian Wang,, 2 Jan. 2022 Some of my reading says the dress isn’t quite as radical as Em in our show would suggest — that this style of housedress was typical for women of her time, just for housework and chores and such. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 One notable exception is the Swedish plan declares that women and men must have the same responsibility for housework. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Audit who does the office housework today in your workplace and then equitably redistribute it. Ruchika Tulshyan, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of housework

1613, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2022

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“Housework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of housework

: the labor involved in housekeeping

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