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[hous-wurk] /ˈhaʊsˌwɜrk/
the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping.
Origin of housework
1570-80; house + work Unabridged
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  • James and Martha, freed from the housework routine, went deep into study.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • He has all his housework there, a broom and a duster, and I dare say he has a cooking-stove and a gridiron.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He had been wondering what sort of a boy it was who was willing to go out by the day to do housework.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • So they finished their housework, deep in their own thoughts.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • She did her housework easily; she achieved her social relations sweetly; she was never neglectful and never unkind.

    The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for housework


the work of running a home, such as cleaning, cooking, etc
Derived Forms
houseworker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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