Definition of drudgery in English:



  • [mass noun] Hard menial or dull work.

    ‘domestic drudgery’
    • ‘Ash is a star player, one of the best in her field, escaping from the realities of life's drudgery into the confines of this hi-tech wargame.’
    • ‘In as far as farm drudgery and prison could offer a good life at all, things weren't bad compared to life in British jails at the time.’
    • ‘There will be no toil, assignments, chores, no drudgery or daily efforts.’
    • ‘When a worker is burnt, it's a reminder that the workday drudgery, for Dad, could be fatal.’
    • ‘Eddie watched the training drudgery from the shelter of the pavilion.’
    • ‘Exercise can become pure drudgery when it's never accompanied by a playful or recreational aspect.’
    • ‘Our work is not drudgery, but something we are to take pleasure in today.’
    • ‘My reason is that the removal of the time-consuming and tiring drudgery has produced a paradox.’
    • ‘The physical drudgery involved in the Tour is the same for any cyclist, but Millar could express it in graphic terms.’
    • ‘As women become liberated from domestic drudgery, are they in danger of losing something fundamental?’
    • ‘Run as he might, he just can't escape the demons of low-wage kitchen-job drudgery.’
    • ‘We need them to safeguard us against drabness and drudgery, against a mechanistic and wearisome utilitarianism.’
    • ‘But the elimination of drudgery does not end there for people dubbed ‘service junkies’.’
    • ‘Is it a result of our liberation from the chains of domestic drudgery that so many women shun skirts these days?’
    • ‘Money and luxuries were scarce in their early days and drudgery and the hard way of doing all housework, and farmwork were the order of the day.’
    • ‘They both point to the physical drudgery of housework - the relentless nappy-changing, cooking and cleaning.’
    • ‘At the prospect of spending the rest of her life in this cycle of inhuman drudgery, suicide became a genuine consideration.’
    • ‘The 6th is concerned with drudgery and labour and holds no promise of advancement.’
    • ‘In the end, the trip does not serve its purpose, and most come back haggard, with another week of drudgery awaiting them.’
    • ‘The introduction of communal laundries and restaurants was part of lifting the daily drudgery for women in the individual home.’
    hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labour, hard labour, sweated labour, chores, plodding
    skivvying, grind, slog
    travail, moil
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