[ chawr, chohr ]
See synonyms for: chorechores on

  1. a small or odd job; routine task.

  2. chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.

  1. a hard or unpleasant task: Solving the problem was quite a chore.

Origin of chore

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English char,Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr.See char3

synonym study For chore

1, 2. See task.

Other words for chore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chore in a sentence

  • In the morning, I feel sort of weak, and want to knock around doing woman's chores.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • It is when a fellow settles down to do the chores twice a day and every day that he gets thoroughly acquainted with his livestock.

  • A few days ago a boy whose mind was not synchronising properly with his body was doing chores.

  • I have trouble enough doing the chores without catering to her whims.

  • By the time the chores were done they were all standing at the barnyard gate, waiting to be let through, and I suspected nothing.

British Dictionary definitions for chore (1 of 2)


/ (tʃɔː) /

  1. a small routine task, esp a domestic one

  2. an unpleasant task

Origin of chore

C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char ³

British Dictionary definitions for -chore (2 of 2)


n combining form
  1. (in botany) indicating a plant distributed by a certain means: anemochore

Origin of -chore

from Greek khōrein to move

Derived forms of -chore

  • -chorous or -choric, adj combining form

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