[ hohm-wurk ]
/ ˈhoʊmˌwɜrk /


schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork).
paid work done at home, as piecework.
thorough preparatory study of a subject: to do one's homework for the next committee meeting.

Nearby words

  1. homestyle,
  2. hometown,
  3. homeward,
  4. homeware,
  5. homewood,
  6. homeworker,
  7. homey,
  8. homicidal,
  9. homicide,
  10. homicide bomber

Origin of homework

First recorded in 1675–85; home + work

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British Dictionary definitions for homework


/ (ˈhəʊmˌwɜːk) /


school work done out of lessons, esp at home
any preparatory study
work done at home for pay
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Word Origin and History for homework



1680s, "work done at home," as opposed to work done in the shop or factory, from home (n.) + work (n.). In sense of "lessons studied at home," it is attested from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with homework


see do one's homework.

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