Meaning of “housework” in the English Dictionary

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"housework" in British English

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houseworknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhaʊs.wɜːk/ us /ˈhaʊs.wɝːk/

B1 the work of keeping a house clean and tidy:

I hate doing housework.

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  • I do all the housework while he just does the dishes now and again.
  • Housework is not so bad if you put some music on and just get on with it.
  • Couldn't we get a cleaning lady? I'd rather not spend every Saturday doing the housework.
  • I'm trying to train my boyfriend to do the occasional bit of housework.
  • We divide up the housework between us - but he always makes me clean the bathrooms!

(Definition of “housework” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"housework" in American English

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houseworknoun [ U ]

us /ˈhɑʊsˌwɜrk/

the work that you do around a house, for example cleaning, cooking, and washing clothes

(Definition of “housework” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)