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[task-wurk, tahsk-]
  1. work assigned or imposed as a task.
  2. unpleasant or disagreeable work.
  3. work paid for by the job; piecework.
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Origin of taskwork

First recorded in 1480–90; task + work
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Examples from the Web for task-work

Historical Examples of task-work

  • In all it fixed the day's task-work of semi-servile tenants.

    The English Village Community

    Frederic Seebohm

  • Still more oppressive was the task-work for the buildings of the king.

  • After this he continued the practice of task-work or premium.

  • After the darkness, the light; after fighting, peace; after the task-work, a smile of reward!


    William Black

  • And yet there was no sense of task-work or of a burden to be borne about his relations to his congregation.

    Principal Cairns

    John Cairns

British Dictionary definitions for task-work


  1. hard or unpleasant work
  2. a rare word for piecework
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