A father and son doing chores.
Taking out the garbage is an example of a chore.
- a small routine task, as of a housekeeper or farmer: often used in pl.
- a hard or unpleasant task
Origin of choreMiddle English cher, cherre: see chare
- A routine or minor duty or task. See Synonyms at task.
- An unpleasant or burdensome task: What a chore it was cleaning out the garage.
Origin of choreVariant of char3.
Origin of -choreFrom Greek kh&omacron;rein, to spread about, from kh&omacron;ros, place, room; see gh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chores, present participle choring, simple past and past participle chored)
- (US, dated) To do chores.
From Middle English cherre (“odd job, turn, occasion, business”), from Old English ċerr, ċierr (“a turn”), from ċierran (“to turn”), from Proto-Germanic *karzijaną (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *gers- (“to bend, turn”). Cognate with Old Saxon kērian, Old High German chēran (German kehren (“to turn”)). See also char.
(third-person singular simple present chores, present participle chorring, simple past and past participle chorred)
- (UK, informal) To steal.
- An organism that spreads by a specified agent, or in a specified manner.
From Ancient Greek Ï‡Ï‰ÏÎÏ‰ (khÅreÅ, “to move, spread").