Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Domestic household chores such as cleaning and cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. the work of cleaning and running a house

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • "We don't really know which way the current recession is going to affect relationships between men and women — whether men are going to step up to the plate and become much more involved in housework and parenting or whether they're going to do what other studies have shown them to do — which is try to express their masculinity by doing even less," says California psychologist and therapist Joshua Coleman, conference co-chairman.

    Family life, roles changing as couples seek balance

  • As others have said, this assumes that housework is an undefined lump of a good.

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  • I finished the galleys for Siege on Friday, spent the weekend up to my eyeballs in housework and SW interviews and stuff, and shortly I run round to the post office to pick up the galleys for Reluctant Mage.

    A Star Wars interview

  • I juggle the husband and kids, too – and my housework is ALWAYS the last thing I worry about.

    I’m A Writer by Eva Gale

  • Christmas comes once a year, but housework is forever.

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  • Although child rearing, unlike housework, is important and can be difficult, it does not take well-developed political skills to rule over creatures smaller than you are, weaker than you are, and completely dependent upon you for survival or thriving.

    I Choose My Choice!

  • I have found that there is romance in housework: and charm in it; and whimsy and humor without end.

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  • When we are young mothers babies are our focus and it is very usual, normal and proper not necessarily have time to be very creative in housework, cooking, decorating or crafting.

    Contentment

  • My main role in housework is hoovering up the rubbish (and anyone complaining about my British English will be summarily banned) every Sunday morning, so this recent survey conducted by DIMSDRIVE Research into vacuum cleaners is right up my street.

    Vacuum cleaners in Japan: part 1 of 2

  • In under a week he was up and limping, recovering from scurvy, doing cabin housework for five men at the creek, genuine sourdoughs.

    “It was the Golden Fleece ready for the shearing.”

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