noun, plural drudg·er·ies.

menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.

Origin of drudgery

First recorded in 1540–50; drudge + -ery

Synonyms for drudgery

See work.
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Examples from the Web for drudgery

Contemporary Examples of drudgery

Historical Examples of drudgery

  • Money was needful to extricate him from this drudgery and let him follow up his aspirations.

  • Why is it that the others have all the fun and I all the drudgery?

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • To this drudgery of his art he served a long apprenticeship; but it did him good.


    Samuel Smiles

  • He did the cooking for the other men in the fort, the dish-washing and the drudgery.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • I broke lose for one day from routine, from drudgery and harness.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for drudgery


noun plural -eries

hard, menial, and monotonous work
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Word Origin and History for drudgery

1540s, from drudge + -ery.

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