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[ hous-kee-ping ]


  1. the maintenance of a house or domestic establishment.
  2. the management of household affairs.
  3. the management, care, and servicing of property and equipment of an industrial or commercial building or organization.
  4. the ongoing routine, procedures, operations, and management of a commercial enterprise, government, organization, or the like.
  5. Computers. system tasks, as initialization and managing peripheral devices, that must be done to permit a computer program to execute properly but that do not directly contribute to program output.


/ ˈhaʊsˌkiːpɪŋ /


  1. the running of a household
  2. money allocated for the running of a household
  3. organization and tidiness in general, as of an office, shop, etc
  4. the general maintenance of a computer storage system, including removal of obsolete files, documentation, security copying, etc

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Word History and Origins

Origin of housekeeping1

First recorded in 1530–40; house + keeping

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Example Sentences

Some people are able to enjoy long, sustained periods of cellular housekeeping and repair and others are not.

Pair this with the disproportionate challenges faced by women in higher education during the pandemic – such as caregiving and housekeeping – and the crisis has intensified.

Many men at their level have spouses who handle childcare and housekeeping, but most senior-level women don’t have that kind of support.

From Fortune

The virus sickened a half-dozen members of the hospital’s housekeeping staff, which had been given limited personal protective equipment.

Beyond its unique housekeeping model, the site is betting on subscriptions.

From Digiday

He moves her with no more concern for her condition than if she were a bag of dirty linen left behind by housekeeping.

Housekeeping: I have some travel today and tomorrow, so this is today's last post.

I know how important it is to have a brilliant housekeeping team, but even I was shocked at what I discovered.

Taking on the role of emcee, Jimmy Kimmel shared a few housekeeping reminders with the audience.

Symbolically, Winfrey gives a difficult, even shocking story, the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

"Setting up housekeeping" proved to be an absorbing task, indeed.

The pages of Gertrude's housekeeping looked like what they were, a perfect and simple system of accounts.

He had won three silver cups, two rifles, and a silver coffee-pot; this would be of use to him when he began housekeeping.

The two might have vowed eternal friendship and set up housekeeping together on a platonic footing.

And, for that matter, he's close enough now in some things, and screws me down in the housekeeping pretty tight.


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