[ 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.

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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Idioms and Phrases with homework


see do one's homework.

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