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

First recorded in 1570–80; house + work
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Related Words for housework

sewing, housekeeping, management, washing, cooking, administration, sweeping, stewardship, homemaking, mopping, ironing, dusting

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


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