chore

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See also: -chore, chóre, and Chöre

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier char, from Middle English charr, charre, 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 Dutch keer (time; turn; occasion), German Kehre (a turn; bend; wind; back-flip; u-turn). Also related to Saterland Frisian kiere, käire (to turn), Old Saxon kērian, Old High German chēran (to turn) (German kehren (to turn), Dutch keren (to turn)). See also char.

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Noun[edit]

chore (plural chores)

  1. A task, especially a difficult, unpleasant, or routine one.
    Washing dishes is a chore, but we cannot just stop eating.
    The children were made to do their daily chores before being allowed to play games.
    I used to enjoy being self-employed, but it's become a bit of a chore recently.
    • 1978, Nixon, Richard, RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon[1], Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, OL 7561812M, page 418:
      Shorty after his nomination as Chief Justice was announced, it came to light that while on the Court, Fortas, a close friend of Johnson's, had performed a number of personal and political chores for him. This was a clear violation of the principle of separation of powers.
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Verb[edit]

chore (third-person singular simple present chores, present participle choring, simple past and past participle chored)

  1. (US, dated) To do chores.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly derived from Romani ćor (thief), see also Geordie word chor.

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chore (third-person singular simple present chores, present participle choring, simple past and past participle chored)

  1. (Britain, informal) To steal.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

chore (plural chores)

  1. (obsolete) A choir or chorus.
    • 1640, Ben Jonson, Underwood
      On every wall, and sung where e'er I walk. I number these, as being of the chore

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

chore

  1. vocative singular of chorus

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

chore

  1. Superseded spelling of chóre.

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈxɔ.rɛ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔrɛ
  • Syllabification: cho‧re

Adjective[edit]

chore

  1. inflection of chory:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

chore

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of chorar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of chorar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of chorar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of chorar