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

  • n. One who imposes tasks, especially burdensome or laborious ones.
  • n. A source of burden or responsibility: The profession of medicine is a stern taskmaster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who supervises workers, especially one who imposes hard or burdensome work.
  • n. A source of hard work or responsibility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who imposes a task, or burdens another with labor; one whose duty is to assign tasks; an overseer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who imposes a task or burdens with labor; one whose function it is to assign tasks to others; an overseer.

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

  • n. someone who imposes hard or continuous work


From task + master. (Wiktionary)



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