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

  • n. Tedious, menial, or unpleasant work. See Synonyms at work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. tedious, menial and exhausting work

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of drudging; disagreeable and wearisome labor; ignoble or slavish toil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The labor of a drudge; ignoble, spiritless toil; hard work in servile or mechanical occupations.
  • n. Synonyms Labor, Toil, etc. See work, n.

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

  • n. hard monotonous routine work


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  • Having enough to live on, he has not been forced to work for bread; he has declined to subject himself to what he calls the drudgery of the profession, by which, I believe, he means the general work of a practising surgeon; and has found other employment.

    The Warden

  • For these people, a management role which involves administrative drudgery is both a refuge, and a means for advancing one's career to a higher salary scale.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • How much drudgery is involved in making a sandwich and a pot of tea?

    The Better Part

  • How much drudgery is involved in putting a centerpiece on the dining table?

    The Better Part

  • The “AI” approach is so positive it makes the other methods seem to wallow in drudgery of the problems.

    Walking with the Poor: a review

  • Here in the Eastern Conference final, where half-court drudgery is dictated by a Detroit Pistons outfit that wants no part of sleek showmanship, NBA basketball becomes less an art than a painstaking process both to play and watch. - Nets sweep road set from Pistons

  • Therefore, I maintain that capacity for work, and even drudgery, is among the essentials of story-telling.

    The Art of the Story-Teller

  • I am ready to run mad over the mathematics! which I have just begun & wish I had just concluded — all your drudgery is over.

    Letter 20

  • You’re never more aware of how much drudgery is involved in the work of mothering than when you’re doing that work while suffering from a bad cold or flu or some such viral misery as makes your head pound and your lungs ache and your throat burn.

    Mom At Work | Her Bad Mother

  • The whole nation repels the idea of drudgery of any sort, and the most conscientious teacher has to contend against a home influence, which, working at right angles with her own, hardly allows any noble effort.

    The Education of American Girls

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  • "Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative's latest example of unreasonableness.
    - Christopher Lloyd, 'The Well-Tempered Garden', 1973.

    October 30, 2008