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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.
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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Examples for chores
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chores
1746, Amer.Eng., variant of char, from M.E. cherre "odd job," from O.E. cerr, cierr "turn, occasion."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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