from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The tasks, such as cleaning and cooking, that are performed in housekeeping.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Domestic work; the work of housekeeping.
  • noun Domestic work; the work of housekeeping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The work belonging to housekeeping; especially, kitchen work, sweeping, scrubbing, bed making, and the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Domestic household chores such as cleaning and cooking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the work of cleaning and running a house


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From house +‎ work. Cognate with Dutch huiswerk ("homework, chore, task").


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