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The tasks, such as cleaning and cooking, that are performed in housekeeping.

house′work′er n.


the work of running a home, such as cleaning, cooking, etc
ˈhouseˌworker n



the work of cleaning, cooking, etc., to be done in housekeeping.


1. 'homework'

Homework is work that school pupils are given to do at home. You say that pupils do homework. Don't say that they 'make homework'.

Have you done your English homework?
2. 'housework'

Housework is work such as cleaning or washing that is done in a house.

She relied on him to do most of the housework.

Be Careful!
Both homework and housework are uncountable nouns. Don't talk about 'a homework' or 'houseworks'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housework - the work of cleaning and running a househousework - the work of cleaning and running a house
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
تَدْبير مَنزِليشُغْلُ البَيْتُ
domácí práce
husarbejdehusligt arbejde
kućanski poslovi
ház i munka
húsverk, heimilisstörf
domáce práce
hišna opravila
việc nhà


[ˈhaʊswɜːk] Nquehaceres mpl domésticos, tareas fpl de la casa


[ˈhaʊswɜːrk] nménage m
to do the housework → faire le ménage


[ˈhaʊsˌwɜːk] nfaccende fpl, lavori mpl di casa, lavori domestici
to do the housework → fare i lavori di casa, sbrigare le faccende


(haus) plural houses (ˈhauziz) noun
1. a building in which people, especially a single family, live. Houses have been built on the outskirts of the town for the workers in the new industrial estate.
2. a place or building used for a particular purpose. a hen-house; a public house.
3. a theatre, or the audience in a theatre. There was a full house for the first night of the play.
4. a family, usually important or noble, including its ancestors and descendants. the house of David.
(hauz) verb
1. to provide with a house, accommodation or shelter. All these people will have to be housed; The animals are housed in the barn.
2. to store or keep somewhere. The electric generator is housed in the garage.
ˈhousing (-ziŋ) noun
1. houses. These flats will provide housing for the immigrants.
2. the hard cover round a machine etc.
ˈhousing benefit noun
a payment given by a government to people who are entitled to it according to certain criteria (eg poverty) when they buy or rent a house, an apartment etc.
house agent (American ˈreal-estate agent)
a person who arranges the sale or letting of houses.
house arrest
a type of arrest in which a person is not allowed to leave his own house. He was kept under house arrest.
ˈhouseboat noun
a type of boat, usually with a flat bottom, which is built to be lived in.
ˈhousebreaker noun
a person who breaks into a house in order to steal.
ˈhousebreaking noun
ˈhouse-fly noun
the common fly, found throughout the world.
ˈhousehold noun
the people who live together in a house, including their servants. How many people are there in this household?
ˈhouseholder noun
the person who owns a house or pays the rent for it.
household word
something which is well-known to everyone. His name is a household word throughout the country.
ˈhousekeeper noun
a person, usually a woman, who is paid to look after the management of a house.
ˈhousekeeping noun
the management of a house.
ˈhouseman noun
a recently qualified doctor who is living in a hospital while working there to complete his training.
ˈhousetrain verb
to train (a dog, cat etc) to be clean inside the house.
ˈhouse-warming noun
a party given after moving into a new house.
a house-warming party.
ˈhousewife nounplural ˈhousewives
a woman who looks after her house, her husband and her family, and who usually does not have a job outside the home.
ˈhousework noun
the work of keeping a house clean and tidy. My mother has a woman to help her with the housework.
like a house on fire
1. very well. The two children got on with each other like a house on fire.
2. very quickly. I'm getting through this job like a house on fire.


شُغْلُ البَيْتُ domácí práce husligt arbejde Hausarbeit οικιακή εργασία faenas de la casa kotityöt ménage kućanski poslovi faccende domestiche 家事 가사 huishoudelijk werk husarbeid praca domowa tarefa doméstica, trabalho doméstico робота по дому hushållsarbete งานบ้าน ev işi việc nhà 家务


n. tareas domésticas, trabajo de la casa.
References in classic literature ?
Amy found that housework and art did not go well together, and returned to her mud pies.
The woman who wanted help in her housework em- ployed a "hired girl" who insisted on sitting at the table with the family.
My sore throat kept me indoors, and grandmother had a cold which made the housework heavy for her.
Often, too, they are girls that didn't know what they were coming to, that had hired out for housework.
She was born the day father died Aunt Miranda wanted Hannah to come to Riverboro instead of me, but mother couldn't spare her; she takes hold of housework better than I do, Hannah does.
Crux, and has little or nothing to do with the housework.
Then the parrot said, "I think we all ought to do the housework ourselves.
For a hundred francs a year, she cooked and did the housework, washed, ironed, mended, harnessed the horse, fattened the poultry, made the butter and remained faithful to her mistress--although the latter was by no means an agreeable person.
So was Seth, for, through Lisbeth's obstinate refusal to have any woman-helper in the house, he had learned to make himself, as Adam said, "very handy in the housework," that he might save his mother from too great weariness; on which ground I hope you will not think him unmanly, any more than you can have thought the gallant Colonel Bath unmanly when he made the gruel for his invalid sister.
In fact, nobody had ever been inside his cottage; he did his own housework, and he guarded his son's privilege so jealously that the small objects of domestic use he bought some- times in the town were smuggled rapidly across the front garden under his canvas coat.
But the girl lived with an old woman who did not want her to marry anyone, for she was so lazy she wished the girl to remain with her and do the cooking and the housework.
Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies; but Snow-white sat at home with her mother, and helped her with her housework, or read to her when there was nothing to do.