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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.
a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task

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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