AskDefine | Define chore

Dictionary Definition

chore n : a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores" [syn: job, task]

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  • a RP , /tʃɔː/, /tSO:/
  • a US , /tʃoʊr/, /tʃɔːr/, /tSO:r/
    Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)

Etymology 1

From cherre from cerr, cierr.


  1. A task, especially a difficult, unpleasant, or routine one.
    Washing dishes is a chore, but we can't just stop eating.
a task
  • Finnish: taloustyö
  • French: corvée
  • Japanese: 雑用, 雑務
  • Korean: 가사(家事), 허드렛일
  • Spanish: quehacer, mandado
  • Telugu: చాకిరీ
  • Online Etymology Dictionary

Etymology 2

Possibly derived from the word chor, see also Geordie word chor.


  1. To steal.
Related terms




  1. singular of chory: ill, sick

Extensive Definition

House work is a specific work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee, related to or used in the running of a household.
House work can be divided into two categories, indoor and outdoor. Indoor chores might include cooking, setting the table and washing dishes; cleaning, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and mopping; laundry and ironing; lifting and carrying things, putting things away; child and elder care; paying bills. Outdoor work can include decorative and vegetable garden care, lawn and grounds maintenance, animal care, snow removal, driveway maintenance, outbuilding maintenance.
In traditional economic analysis, such house work performed by members of the household are not included in economic output. However, Feminist economists have argued that housework is a vital part of the economy and society. An early text discussing housework is Proverbs 31, describing an ideal wife who "looks after her family's needs." (verse 27 GNB).
chore in French: Tâche ménagère
chore in Korean: 집안일
chore in Japanese: 家事

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Augean task, Herculean task, administer to, assignment, attend, attend on, backbreaker, ballbuster, bitch, busywork, care for, char, chare, charge, commission, dance attendance upon, dead lift, devoir, do chars, do for, do service to, do the chores, drudge, duty, effort, errand, exercise, fish to fry, handful, hard job, hard pull, heavy sledding, help, homework, job, job of work, labor, lackey, large order, look after, maid, make-work, man-sized job, matters in hand, minister to, mission, odd job, pander to, piece of work, project, rough go, serve, service, stint, take care of, tall order, task, tend, things to do, tough job, tough proposition, trial, tribulation, turn a hand, uphill work, upon, valet, wait, wait on, work, work for
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