[ hohm-wurk ]
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  1. schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork).

  2. a single assignment of such schoolwork: Homeworks are due at the beginning of class.

  1. paid work done at home, as piecework.

  2. 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) /

  1. school work done out of lessons, esp at home

  2. any preparatory study

  1. work done at home for pay

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Other Idioms and Phrases with homework


see do one's homework.

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