Definitions

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

  • n. Drudgery: "This account . . . of decades of drudgework amid others' possessions is drudgework for the reader as well” ( New Yorker).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Drudgery.

Etymologies

drudge +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In elementary school, I had an interest in math– not the kind of drudgework addition problems we did every day in school, but the kind of concepts I found in the children’s math encyclopedia which I checked out from the library practically every week.

    How would *you* strengthen science in the U.S.? - The Panda's Thumb

  • Until a robot can do what I tell it to using audio rather than keyboard communication, take care of itself so I don't have to, do all my drudgework better than me, climb stairs in real time, and have great taste in floral arranging, I don't think we can say we're living in the age of science fiction.

    MIND MELD: What Are The Coolest Robots in Science Fiction?

  • He spoke of C++ as letting you write high-level code with smart pointers, exceptions, destructors and templates conspiring to smartly remove lots of the normal drudgework of C programming, while still being able to perform low-level memory access like C if you want to, and getting highly optimal code.

    Snell-Pym » Why C++ is not my favourite language

  • (Quick & dirty -- on feeling "I'm an artist; I shouldn't have to do drudgework to support myself.") *** ACA meeting: Not as intense as last week.

    June 22nd, 2007

  • It's dynamic, argumentative, collaborative, competitive, filled with flashes of crazy excitement and hours of drudgework, and driven by ego: Our desire to be the one who figures it out, at least for now.

    How Videogames Blind Us With Science

  • And even that task, as weird as it sounds to people now firmly in the computer age, was more along the lines of a 3-D word jigsaw puzzle than drudgework.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 2007 » September

  • Although frankly, if the A.B.C. crowd was smart they'd recruit themselves a governor or better yet a former governor...someone with brains and time on his or her hands to start doing the drudgework now.

    The Chimes at Midnight

  • Still, once these logistical difficulties are worked out, it will be hard to say no to a robot willing to relieve me from my drudgework.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • So they spend their days doing drudgework, mostly typing up arrest reports for their celebrity colleagues, Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson), aka

    The Patriot Ledger Home RSS

  • Until one reaches adulthood (and often even then), it's hard to make oneself do drudgework in the expectation that it will pay off later on.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

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