chore

Definitions

  • Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
    Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chore a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars","the job of repairing the engine took several hours","the endless task of classifying the samples","the farmer's morning chores"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The brewing of beer is recorded as far back as 6,000 years ago. Until the 12th century (when skilled experts took over), women performed the task of making beer as part of their household chores.
    • n Chore A choir or chorus.
    • n Chore chōr A small job; in the pl., the regular or daily light work of a household or farm, either within or without doors.
    • v. i Chore To do chores.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average housewife walks 10 miles a day around the house doing her chores.
    • n chore A char, chare, or small job; a task; especially, a piece of minor domestic work, as about a house or barn, of regular or frequent recurrence: generally in the plural.
    • chore Same as char, 5.
    • n chore Same as chare.
    • n chore A chorus; a choir.
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Quotations

  • Julie Andrews
    Julie Andrews
    “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “Practice, which some regard as a chore, should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same word as char, work done by the day

Usage

In literature:

I'll be back home in time for evening chores.
"Blind Man's Lantern" by Allen Kim Lang
But that would be after the chores in the scullery were over.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
It was some chore you did for her, mate!
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
As with the basket market, so with the chore market, the ground was once more falling away from beneath our poor friends' feet.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Chester did the chores with unusual vim that night.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
They run round an' do his chores jest as he says, an' then trot back ag'in.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
For the Filipino boy no chores are waiting to be done.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
In the dress factory I worked by myself at chores no one else did.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Uncle Toby came in, having been out to do the chores, he said.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
So he finished his morning's chores and slipped away.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Nights, when the chores are done, he sits down close to mammy, till the candles are lit.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
After supper he went out and split up the wood for the fire, and did other chores.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
But now the chore boy appeared to take charge of the horses.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Every night, as soon as his chores were done, he began to drink.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
He wandered around the clanhome, helping with assorted domestic chores.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Well, I must be off doin' some chores.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
Chores before school an' after school, an' a two-mile walk to git there.
"The Christmas Story from David Harum" by Edward Noyes Westcott
As soon as breakfast was over and his chores were done he was off on the trail.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
An' they's a lot of dishes an' chores an' things.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
I'm going to have that Ethiop who does chores for us clean up the photograph gallery.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
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In poetry:

Heaven! that's another tale.
Mightn't let me chew there.
Gotta have me pot of ale;
Would I like the brew there?
Maybe I'd get slack and stale -
No more chores to do there.
"Grandad" by Robert W Service
Here, on a bench a skeleton would writhe from,
Angry and sore, I wait to be admitted:
Wait till my heart is lead upon my stomach,
While at their ease two dressers do their chores.
"Waiting" by William Ernest Henley
The sun is hotter than the top ledge in a steam bath;
The ravine, crazed, is rampaging below.
Spring — that corn-fed, husky milkmaid —
Is busy at her chores with never a letup.
"March" by Boris Pasternak
While polishing and brushing stony gems,
And grinding rocks, the springs babble in a chore:
They sing a song, or mourn a broken elm,
Or praise the leaves, which dressed a sycamore.
"The Trees" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
I think of her and all she meant,
the grace and kindliness she lent
to every common household chore;
her welcome ever at the door,
I am so rich in memories
of ordinary things like these.
"I think Of Mother" by Edna Jacues
One halcyon week they fished his creek,
And watched him do the chores,
In haylofts hid, and, shouting, slid
Down sloping cellar doors:--
Because this life to bliss was equal
The more distressing is the sequel.
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

I elected to do some chores around the house.
Sunday generally means chore day around our house, you know laundry, yard work, grocery shopping, and to be honest I would rather lick Wes' chili hole than go to Walmart on a Sunday.
You can't get through the holidays without spending a day or two in the kitchen, but that doesn't mean it has to be a chore.
Kelly spent the day doing chores around Chehaw such as shoveling Rhino feces.
Well, you might someday be able to strike that chore from your list if Radast Design's new LightDrive leads the way to bulb-less lamps .
For some, such as eight homeless teens and young adults ages 17-22 and two families living in Sequim, doing laundry is a luxury not a chore, said Steven Welty, Glory House Fellowship pastor and Sequim Community Help Center director.
As we break out the lawn mowers for summer chores, it's important that parents use caution to prevent injuries in children.
As we break out the lawn mower s for summer chores, it's important that parents use caution to prevent injuries in children.
Dishwashers have eased the chore of cleaning up after a meal but even the best performing models can't settle family arguments over how to load the machine.
0You may think it's a chore getting your Thanksgiving dinner ready, but imagine preparing a holiday meal for 300 people.
It's tempting to skip tool cleanup when your gardening chores are done.there's always something else that needs your attention.
It's a chore states have to tackle every ten years.
But, for any moms and dads out there who are feeling the stress of the holidays (who has the time to find time to buy and decorate the tree, plus make sugar cookies all while doing all of the regular exhausting chores?
Those who don't grit their teeth and face whatever the next chore is that must be done to keep going.
Mowing --you either view it as a chore or stress relief.
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In science:

His work to rigorously understand physics is very welcome, as is his cheerful willingness to carry out thankless lab chores such as being the safety officer.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
Managing trigger processes is a chore. For good performance, they must be pre-allocated.
Queues Are Databases
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