[chawr, chohr]


a small or odd job; routine task.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
a hard or unpleasant task: Solving the problem was quite a chore.

Origin of chore

1375–1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3

Synonyms for chore

1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chores

Contemporary Examples of chores

Historical Examples of chores

  • By the time he had finished his chores, his mother was getting breakfast as usual.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • They could hardly wait for Trapper Jim to get through his chores.

  • "Chores will keep her out of mischief," Aunt Jamsiah had said.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • You will have a hard one, Jimmy, when you go to do the chores!

    Farm Ballads

    Will Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for chores



a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task

Word Origin for chore

C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char ³
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Word Origin and History for chores



1751, American English, variant of char, from Middle English cherre "odd job," from Old English cerr, cierr "turn, change, time, occasion, affair business."

Chore, a corruption of char, is an English word, still used in many parts of England, as a char-man, a char-woman; but in America, it is perhaps confined to New England. It signifies small domestic jobs of work, and its place cannot be supplied by any other single word in the language. [Noah Webster, "Dissertations on the English Language," 1789]
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