Definition of drudgery in US English:

drudgery

noun

  • Hard menial or dull work.

    ‘domestic drudgery’
    • ‘Run as he might, he just can't escape the demons of low-wage kitchen-job drudgery.’
    • ‘As women become liberated from domestic drudgery, are they in danger of losing something fundamental?’
    • ‘They both point to the physical drudgery of housework - the relentless nappy-changing, cooking and cleaning.’
    • ‘There will be no toil, assignments, chores, no drudgery or daily efforts.’
    • ‘In the end, the trip does not serve its purpose, and most come back haggard, with another week of drudgery awaiting them.’
    • ‘The 6th is concerned with drudgery and labour and holds no promise of advancement.’
    • ‘When a worker is burnt, it's a reminder that the workday drudgery, for Dad, could be fatal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is it a result of our liberation from the chains of domestic drudgery that so many women shun skirts these days?’
    • ‘But the elimination of drudgery does not end there for people dubbed ‘service junkies’.’
    • ‘The introduction of communal laundries and restaurants was part of lifting the daily drudgery for women in the individual home.’
    • ‘The physical drudgery involved in the Tour is the same for any cyclist, but Millar could express it in graphic terms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We need them to safeguard us against drabness and drudgery, against a mechanistic and wearisome utilitarianism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eddie watched the training drudgery from the shelter of the pavilion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exercise can become pure drudgery when it's never accompanied by a playful or recreational aspect.’
    • ‘At the prospect of spending the rest of her life in this cycle of inhuman drudgery, suicide became a genuine consideration.’
    hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labour, hard labour, sweated labour, chores, plodding
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Pronunciation

drudgery

/ˈdrədʒ(ə)ri//ˈdrəj(ə)rē/