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[druhj-uh-ree] /ˈdrʌdʒ ə ri/
noun, plural drudgeries.
menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.
Origin of drudgery
First recorded in 1540-50; drudge + -ery Unabridged
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  • To be useful, she would submit to any drudgery; to become agreeable, devoted herself to any flattery.

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • You are getting old and you need some one to do the drudgery of your office.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • The small fingers, used to the drudgery of a fisherwoman's life, lifted the damp hair from the high forehead.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • How to relieve himself from the drudgery became the question.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • This, then, was to be the end of all his dreams, this drudgery in a country town among these commonplace country people.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for drudgery


noun (pl) -eries
hard, menial, and monotonous work
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Word Origin and History for drudgery

1540s, from drudge + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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