Drudgery is hard, mindless, backbreaking work. If you’ve ever had to do the laundry, wash the dishes, make the meals, change the bedding, vacuum the house, and clean the bathrooms day after day, you’ve experienced drudgery.

  • Pronunciation: /'drʌdʒəri/
  • English Description: productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  • Chinese Translation: 苦差(ku3 chai1)
  • Spanish Translation: trabajo
  • STORY: When you say the word drudgery, you can almost feel the hard, plodding work that it describes. You have to put some effort into saying the dr- sound. Then, as soon as you get through the breathy -u-, you’ve got two more hard sounds in -dg- and -er- before you get another break with the final vowel sound. Just as you might drag yourself doing those repetitive, grinding chores, you have to drag your way through pronouncing the word.


  • Of course, as the ensemble’s name would imply, there is more to this camp than the sheer drudgery of endless rehearsals — much more.
  • For consumers whose shopping behavior is full of dull, fill-in and pantry-stocking trips, online grocery has interesting potential to remove drudgery

*New word description, story and part of "EXAMPLE SENTENCE" are cited in Vocabulary.com