the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping.

Origin of housework

First recorded in 1570–80; house + work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for housework

Contemporary Examples of housework

Historical Examples of housework

  • He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "But I can't let a stranger come in and do my housework," he objected.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • For they knew that it was Mike who now did housework at General Brady's.

  • So they finished their housework, deep in their own thoughts.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • The Barney chap lived there with a Chinaman who did his housework.

British Dictionary definitions for housework



the work of running a home, such as cleaning, cooking, etc
Derived Formshouseworker, noun
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