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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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  • I used to be doin' chores round de restaurant, an' she asks me to take a note up to you.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • But that would be after the chores in the scullery were over.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • All through the chores Jim and his father maintained strict silence about the mustang.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • He was good for nothing except to work on a farm, or do the chores about the house.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • By the time the chores were done they were all standing at the barnyard gate, waiting to be let through, and I suspected nothing.

British Dictionary definitions for chores


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 chores



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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