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chore

[chawr, chohr] /tʃɔr, tʃoʊr/
noun
1.
a small or odd job; routine task.
2.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
3.
a hard or unpleasant task:
Solving the problem was quite a chore.
Origin of chore
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3
Synonyms
1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task.
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  • By the time he had finished his chores, his mother was getting breakfast as usual.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They could hardly wait for Trapper Jim to get through his chores.

  • "chores will keep her out of mischief," Aunt Jamsiah had said.

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  • You will have a hard one, Jimmy, when you go to do the chores!

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British Dictionary definitions for chores

chore

/tʃɔː/
noun
1.
a small routine task, esp a domestic one
2.
an unpleasant task
Word Origin
C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char³
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Word Origin and History for chores

chore

n.

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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