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[chawr, chohr] /tʃɔr, tʃoʊr/
a small or odd job; routine task.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
a hard or unpleasant task:
Solving the problem was quite a chore.
Origin of chore
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3
1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task. Unabridged
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  • Then group these chores in a reasonable fashion, according to the time you can make.
  • Don't blame your job, the traffic or your mindless chores.
  • But as someone else has said, these chores are part of what one owes to a profession if one has been reasonably successful.
  • He says the children have become keener on household chores.
  • And now there's a way to make the tiniest of brushes to do these chores.
  • For instance, robots may someday do chores around the house or inspect electrical equipment on airplanes.
  • Maybe they even would have worn boys' clothing to do farm chores.
  • It's an unremitting chain of chores that might lose you along the way.
  • Later she recalled telling someone else that it was a novel about chores.
  • And fears persist among some senior lawyers about sending even the simplest chores offshore.
British Dictionary definitions for chores


a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task
Word Origin
C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char³
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Word Origin and History for chores



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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