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

  • n. Work of little value assigned or taken on only to keep someone from being idle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An activity or task assigned or undertaken for the sake of activity or busy-ness, rather than because of a particular need.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Active work of litle value, such as assignments given by teachers to students to keep them busy while the teacher performs other tasks, or chores performed to while away time; also called busywork.

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

  • n. active work of little value

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