[ task-mas-ter, tahsk-mah-ster ]
/ ˈtæskˌmæs tər, ˈtɑskˌmɑ stər /


a person whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
a person who supervises rigorously the work of others.

Origin of taskmaster

First recorded in 1520–30; task + master

Related forms

task·mas·ter·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for taskmaster


/ (ˈtɑːskˌmɑːstə) /


a person, discipline, etc, that enforces work, esp hard or continuous workhis teacher is a hard taskmaster

Derived Forms

taskmistress, fem n
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