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 Emily, on the other hand, is enjoying the perks of not having to do housework, utilizing her spare time to leisurely read the Springfield Republican. Kristin Vartan,, "The Dickinson recap binge guide: Episodes 1-10," 11 Nov. 2019 Indeed, Indian men are the worst at unpaid housework, spending a measly 19 minutes a day on it. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "Step up Indian men—or we’ll live happily ever after with our careers," 1 Nov. 2019 Some women instituted gender reparations with their partners, redistributing the housework to compensate for decades of patriarchal control. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Four Years in Startups," 23 Sep. 2019 Moderate-intensity activity can include mowing the lawn, playing tennis, enjoying a leisurely bike ride, engaging in a brisk walk, or doing heavy housework like vacuuming, mopping or washing windows. Dennis Thompson,, "Americans are sitting more than ever, increasing the risk for at least 10 major health issues," 30 July 2019 This myth is a common explanation for why men don’t do as much housework as women. The Conversation,, "Women judged more harshly than men for a messy house," 7 July 2019 An increased workload, where it was mentioned at all, tended to be in the context of housework. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 This has been a problem in a lot of areas of my life (mostly housework and previously, schoolwork). Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Procrastinator will definitely get to it later," 13 Sep. 2019 The worst thing feminists will make men do is an equal share of housework. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Being a “Real Man” Will Kill You," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of housework

1613, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Housework.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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


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Kids Definition of housework

: the labor involved in housekeeping

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