[task-mas-ter, tahsk-mah-ster]


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 formstask·mas·ter·ship, noun
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a person, discipline, etc, that enforces work, esp hard or continuous workhis teacher is a hard taskmaster
Derived Formstaskmistress, fem n
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Word Origin and History for taskmaster

1520s, from task (n.) + master (n.).

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