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[hohm-wurk] /ˈhoʊmˌwɜrk/
schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork).
paid work done at home, as piecework.
thorough preparatory study of a subject:
to do one's homework for the next committee meeting.
Origin of homework
First recorded in 1675-85; home + work Unabridged
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  • Whenever Philip did his homework, he had to hold the paper down.

  • "I suppose you have your homework all done," he snarled at Cathy.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • On the one hand, homework for the sake of homework may be eliminated.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • And this was only a little of the homework with which her hands were ever full.

    Catherine Booth Mildred Duff
  • A pile of books on the table indicated that he had just finished his homework.

    Wait for Weight Jack McKenty
British Dictionary definitions for homework


school work done out of lessons, esp at home
any preparatory study
work done at home for pay
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Word Origin and History for homework

1680s, "work done at home," as opposed to work done in the shop or factory, from home (n.) + work (n.). In sense of "lessons studied at home," it is attested from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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