Definition of housekeeping in English:



mass noun
  • 1The management of household affairs.

    ‘she did as much of the cooking and housekeeping as she could’
    • ‘I think housekeeping is closely linked to homemaking.’
    • ‘Although this column, like its predecessors, devoted some space to fashion tips and general good housekeeping, it did begin to bring discussions of women's role in Ireland out of the purely domestic sphere.’
    • ‘Margrith has trained young, aspiring hospital and old age home managers to be, in housekeeping, specializing in cooking.’
    • ‘I am able to stay at home while both my parents work; I help them with housekeeping and some cooking.’
    • ‘Moreover, the content of the magazines still deals with typical women's issues, such as beauty, cooking and housekeeping.’
    • ‘As well as having to cater for more than 100 people each day, she had to organise cleaning and housekeeping for residents, manage a licensed bar, look after hospitality services and produce menus in Braille.’
    • ‘They stopped being taught things like ironing, housekeeping, serving.’
    • ‘And, the Marina turned a great leveller as hotel employees cutting across echelons - from general manager to housekeeping staffer - joined hands to give the beach a face-lift.’
    • ‘While the definition of women's work has expanded, that of men's work has not, and women who work full-time outside the home are still expected to do all the cooking and housekeeping.’
    • ‘While staying at Maitri, the Indian station, she was obliged to perform all duties, including cooking, clearing snow, burning garbage and housekeeping.’
    • ‘Thus skills were taught with regard to childcare, cooking, housekeeping, handicrafts, raising chickens, cattle and pigs, growing vegetables and fruits.’
    • ‘For her, hospital management was simply good housekeeping.’
    • ‘And if you have a housekeeper, you know once your housekeeper comes, you're probably not inclined to do heavy cleaning, maybe light housekeeping.’
    • ‘I've met many more British women who really understand the details of housekeeping.’
    • ‘He is in control of the money coming into the household and the amount that is available for housekeeping, she has to manage the daily expenditure.’
    • ‘‘For the last two years I have not had to bother about cooking and housekeeping, the main worries of a housewife,’ says Mrs. Kamath.’
    • ‘Helene employed household help, but Cullman's German housewives prided themselves on their industriousness and housekeeping without servants.’
    • ‘The facility will provide 24-hour staffing, assistance with medication, housekeeping, laundry, meal service and exercise and activity programs.’
    • ‘Still, if it wasn't for the team, we would only be pestering our partners or getting on with the decorating and housekeeping!’
    • ‘She was in her 90th year but insisted on doing her own baking and housekeeping.’
    household management, domestic work, domestic duties, homemaking, the running of the home
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    1. 1.1 Money set aside or given for running a household.
      ‘writing barely pays my part of the housekeeping’
      • ‘She wants around 10,000 baht every month and honestly I am having trouble saving this amount out of the housekeeping money each month.’
      • ‘Relations between the two are frosty, because George makes a bit too free with the housekeeping money, but they always end up in bed together.’
      • ‘The policy covers 80 per cent of costs such as childcare, housekeeping, cooking, ironing and transport after the first 30 days.’
      • ‘These publications made the mother of three float through her daily chores, burn the dinner, overcook the peas, but more important, enabled her to supplement the housekeeping.’
      • ‘What about the stress it causes to his partner and family when he has gambled away the housekeeping money!’
      • ‘The woman had made no direct payments towards the cost of acquisition, but had paid for furnishings, bought a car and contributed to housekeeping expenses.’
      • ‘By referring to an allowance to cover the expenses of the home, it appears to cover only money handed over to a wife for weekly housekeeping.’
      • ‘This horse will start at prohibitive odds for the race and though he should win without too much fuss he is not one to risk the housekeeping on.’
      • ‘What the examiners have done here is to take three issues of property rights, i.e. common funds, gifts, housekeeping allowances, and weave a separate story around each.’
      • ‘The father in the family as a rule made most of the decisions about expenditure, although a lot of women were given a housekeeping allowance and allowed to decide how that would be budgeted.’
      • ‘Rather insultingly he left housekeeping money for me and my sister - with the strict instruction that I wasn't allowed anywhere near it.’
      • ‘Twelve-year-old Robert's mum went off on holiday leaving the housekeeping with him and his younger siblings.’
      • ‘My Thai wife has started being very secretive about the housekeeping money.’
      • ‘He handed over the housekeeping every Friday night and kept some back to run his struggling, one-man business.’
      • ‘Lot of people would say to me oh, I'm saving up my little extra housekeeping money just to come and spend here because there is no sales tax.’
      • ‘He pays all the bills except the housekeeping, as he has a good salary.’
      • ‘Conversely joint-pool couples are most likely to agree that responsibility for breadwinning and housework should be shared and those adopting a housekeeping allowance system are least likely to agree.’
      • ‘Plastic bars will come down to split the house in two, with those in the rich part given £400 housekeeping money and access to better living conditions.’
  • 2Operations such as maintenance or record-keeping which facilitate productive work in an organization.

    • ‘All entries were judged on the basis of customer service, merchandising, housekeeping, health & safety and management systems.’
    • ‘In addition, the process makes the job easier and allows better housekeeping and maintenance.’
    • ‘There is an obvious lack of good housekeeping in that the building has been left to fall into such a state of disrepair.’
    • ‘We are still in the early stages and there is not a real panic - we just need good housekeeping.’
    • ‘Hydraulic systems will make or break a modern logging operation, and as the experts tell us, much of it depends on your maintenance regime and housekeeping.’
    • ‘In 1988, after twenty years with the journal, Alice performed that final ritual of office housekeeping.’
    • ‘Good housekeeping and managing the risk will secure a better deal.’
    • ‘Operations means everything from accounting to sales to front desk to housekeeping, and Priti Patel has done it all.’
    • ‘Control channels are responsible for housekeeping tasks such as telling the mobile when a call is coming in and which frequency to use.’
    • ‘For example, an organization might out-task facility preventive maintenance, housekeeping or engineering.’
    • ‘Risks may stem from design, manufacture, maintenance, storage, housekeeping, or a lack of user competence.’
    • ‘Again, start with some simple automation of the most regular housekeeping tasks, and then build in more automation as the processes mature.’
    • ‘But LEAs should play the same role of assuring good housekeeping by heads as they did helping schools to improve, the Commission concluded.’
    • ‘The key maintenance areas to making sure any elevator operates best are housekeeping, repair, lubrication and adjustment, Bell says.’
    • ‘Meat outlets should be directed to cut down their waste generation by adopting good housekeeping practices.’
    • ‘Before we go any further, some administrative housekeeping demands immediate attention.’
    • ‘Zoning's legal defense relied upon the same faith in middle-class domesticity that supported municipal housekeeping.’
    • ‘Besides improving its own agricultural housekeeping, Punjab must immediately demand from the Centre the following.’
    • ‘Allen, one of television's most powerful men - and rewarded as such, with a package approaching £1.9 million - has had little time lately for office housekeeping.’
    • ‘Lately we've been doing a lot of housekeeping at our publishing offices.’
    1. 2.1Biology The regulation of metabolic functions that are common to all cells.
      as modifier ‘housekeeping genes’
      • ‘Genes of interest were printed in duplicate along with non-specific genes (plasmid c-DNA) and housekeeping genes were used for normalization purposes.’
      • ‘So far in this review we have described epigenetic housekeeping functions and their involvement in genome stability.’
      • ‘Because it is misshapen, the protein is destroyed by the cell's housekeeping machinery and never gets to its intended location in the cell membrane.’
      • ‘One simple criterion for a developmental mutation is embryonic lethality, but this also catches mutations in genes involved in housekeeping functions.’
      • ‘Many cancers result from the acquisition of mutations in a family of genes called oncogenes, which normally serve important housekeeping functions for our cells.’