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homework

[ hohm-wurk ]
/ ˈhoʊmˌwɜrk /
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noun

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.

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RELATED WORDS

practice, task, study, instruction, reading, teaching, test, lecture, education, class, exercise, duty, chore, appointment, job, drill, position, post, stint, discipline

Nearby words

homestyle, hometown, homeward, homeware, homewood, homework, homeworker, homey, homicidal, homicide, homicide bomber

Origin of homework

First recorded in 1675–85; home + work
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British Dictionary definitions for homework

homework

/ (ˈhəʊmˌwɜːk) /

noun

school work done out of lessons, esp at home
any preparatory study
work done at home for pay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for homework

homework


n.

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

homework


see do one's homework.

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