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chore

[chawr, chohr] /tʃɔr, tʃoʊr/
noun
1.
a small or odd job; routine task.
2.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
3.
a hard or unpleasant task:
Solving the problem was quite a chore.
Origin of chore
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3
Synonyms
1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task.
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  • There the chore boy was in a corner of the corn field with a gun.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • The sooner he finished the sooner his mother might give him some other chore to do.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • When the collection reached ten thousand words and upward, it began to be quite a chore to make a new copy.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • He did not force him, he did many a chore for him, always picked the best piece of the meal for him.

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • Another was practically the chore boy of the worker who was assigned to teach him.

British Dictionary definitions for chore

chore

/tʃɔː/
noun
1.
a small routine task, esp a domestic one
2.
an unpleasant task
Word Origin
C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char³
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Word Origin and History for chore
n.

1751, American English, variant of char, from Middle English cherre "odd job," from Old English cerr, cierr "turn, change, time, occasion, affair business."

Chore, a corruption of char, is an English word, still used in many parts of England, as a char-man, a char-woman; but in America, it is perhaps confined to New England. It signifies small domestic jobs of work, and its place cannot be supplied by any other single word in the language. [Noah Webster, "Dissertations on the English Language," 1789]

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