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[hous-wurk] /ˈhaʊsˌwɜrk/
the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping.
Origin of housework
First recorded in 1570-80; house + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "But I can't let a stranger come in and do my housework," he objected.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • For they knew that it was Mike who now did housework at General Brady's.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • So they finished their housework, deep in their own thoughts.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • The Barney chap lived there with a Chinaman who did his housework.

British Dictionary definitions for housework


the work of running a home, such as cleaning, cooking, etc
Derived Forms
houseworker, noun
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