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[chawr, chohr] /tʃɔr, tʃoʊr/
a small or odd job; routine task.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
a hard or unpleasant task:
Solving the problem was quite a chore.
Origin of chore
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3
1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task. Unabridged
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  • Somewhere on these six hundred acres was the herd and it was his chore to find it and bring it in.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • "You said running errands was my chore," he reminded his mother.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • The sooner he finished the sooner his mother might give him some other chore to do.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • I had started for the store, but then remembered a chore I wanted him to do.

    Stopover William Gerken
  • He did not force him, he did many a chore for him, always picked the best piece of the meal for him.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
British Dictionary definitions for chore


a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task
Word Origin
C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char³
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Word Origin and History for chore

1751, American English, variant of char, from Middle English cherre "odd job," from Old English cerr, cierr "turn, change, time, occasion, affair business."

Chore, a corruption of char, is an English word, still used in many parts of England, as a char-man, a char-woman; but in America, it is perhaps confined to New England. It signifies small domestic jobs of work, and its place cannot be supplied by any other single word in the language. [Noah Webster, "Dissertations on the English Language," 1789]

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