taskmaster

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. tasimeter,
  2. task,
  3. task force,
  4. task-oriented,
  5. taskbar,
  6. taskmistress,
  7. taskwork,
  8. tasm.,
  9. tasman,
  10. tasman sea

Origin of taskmaster

First recorded in 1520–30; task + master

Related formstask·mas·ter·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for taskmaster

taskmaster

/ (ˈtɑːskˌmɑːstə) /

noun

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

taskmaster

n.

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

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