- a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty.
- any piece of work.
- a matter of considerable labor or difficulty.
- Obsolete. a tax or impost.
- to subject to severe or excessive labor or exertion; put a strain upon (powers, resources, etc.).
- to impose a task on.
- Obsolete. to tax.
- of or relating to a task or tasks: A task chart will help organize the department's work.
- take to task, to call to account; blame; censure: The teacher took them to task for not doing their homework.
Origin of task
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Examples from the Web for tasker
One of the company then turned to Colonel Tasker and asked if these kinds of whirlwinds were common in Maryland.
He was visiting a friend named Tasker; in his letters he usually called him “the excellent Colonel Tasker.”
“I should say yes, Mr Fortescue, most decidedly,” answered Tasker.A Middy of the Slave Squadron
Dialstone Lane was at first disposed to look askance at Mr. Tasker.
Mr. Tasker gazed at him in a troubled fashion, but made no reply.
"I never heard of Tasker having been in gaol," said Mr. Tredgold.
The door opened and revealed the amiable features of Mr. Tasker.
- a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or chore
- an unpleasant or difficult job or duty
- any piece of work
- take to task to criticize or reprove
- to assign a task to
- to subject to severe strain; tax
Word Origin and History for tasker
c.1300, "piece of work imposed as a duty," from Old North French tasque (13c., Old French tasche, Modern French tâche) "duty, tax," from Vulgar Latin *tasca "a duty, assessment," metathesis of Medieval Latin taxa, a back-formation of Latin taxare "to evaluate, estimate, assess" (see tax). General sense of "any piece of work that has to be done" is first recorded 1590s. Phrase take one to task (1680s) preserves the sense that is closer to tax.
German tasche "pocket" is from the same Vulgar Latin source (via Old High German tasca), with presumable sense evolution from "amount of work imposed by some authority," to "payment for that work," to "wages," to "pocket into which money is put," to "any pocket."
"to put a strain upon," 1590s, from task (n.). Related: Tasked; tasking.
Idioms and Phrases with tasker
see take to task.