task·​mas·​ter ˈtask-ˌma-stər How to pronounce taskmaster (audio)
: one that imposes a task or burdens another with labor

Examples of taskmaster in a Sentence

pitiless taskmaster that he was, Ebenezer Scrooge only reluctantly let his ill-paid clerk have Christmas Day off known as a tough but fair taskmaster
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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taskmaster was in 1530

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“Taskmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taskmaster. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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task·​mas·​ter -ˌmas-tər How to pronounce taskmaster (audio)
: one that assigns a task or burdens another with labor
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