Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A routine or minor duty or task. See Synonyms at task.
  • n. Daily or routine domestic tasks, especially a farmer's routine morning and evening tasks, such as feeding livestock.
  • n. An unpleasant or burdensome task.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A task, especially a difficult, unpleasant, or routine one.
  • n. A choir or chorus.
  • v. To steal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small job; in the pl., the regular or daily light work of a household or farm, either within or without doors.
  • n. A choir or chorus.
  • intransitive v. To do chores.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as char, 5.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Same as chare.
  • n. A chorus; a choir.

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

  • n. a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee

Etymologies

Variant of char3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cherre ("odd job, turn, occasion, business"), from Old English ċerr, ċierr ("a turn"), from ċierran ("to turn"), from Proto-Germanic *karzijanan (“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. (Wiktionary)
Possibly derived from the Romani word chōr ("thief"), see also Geordie word chor. (Wiktionary)

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