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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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  • I used to be doin' chores round de restaurant, an' she asks me to take a note up to you.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • By the time he had finished his chores, his mother was getting breakfast as usual.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • All through the chores Jim and his father maintained strict silence about the mustang.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • By the time the chores were done they were all standing at the barnyard gate, waiting to be let through, and I suspected nothing.

British Dictionary definitions for chores

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 chores

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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