AskDefine | Define errand

Dictionary Definition

errand n : a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission

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Old English ǣrende



  1. A trip to accomplish a small mission or to do some business (dropping items by, doing paperwork, going to a friend's house, etc.)
    an errand to a friend's house''
  2. The purpose of such trip.
  3. An oral message trusted to a person for delivery.


trip to accomplish a small task
purpose of a small trip
oral message
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Extensive Definition

House work is a specific work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee, related to or used in the running of a household.
House work can be divided into two categories, indoor and outdoor. Indoor chores might include cooking, setting the table and washing dishes; cleaning, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and mopping; laundry and ironing; lifting and carrying things, putting things away; child and elder care; paying bills. Outdoor work can include decorative and vegetable garden care, lawn and grounds maintenance, animal care, snow removal, driveway maintenance, outbuilding maintenance.
In traditional economic analysis, such house work performed by members of the household are not included in economic output. However, Feminist economists have argued that housework is a vital part of the economy and society. An early text discussing housework is Proverbs 31, describing an ideal wife who "looks after her family's needs." (verse 27 GNB).
errand in French: Tâche ménagère
errand in Korean: 집안일
errand in Japanese: 家事

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agency, agentship, assignment, authority, authorization, brevet, busywork, care, chare, charge, chore, commission, commissioning, commitment, consignment, cure, delegated authority, delegation, deputation, devolution, devolvement, duty, embassy, empowerment, entrusting, entrustment, executorship, exequatur, exercise, factorship, fish to fry, full power, homework, job, job of work, journey, jurisdiction, labor, legation, license, lieutenancy, make-work, mandate, matters in hand, mission, odd job, office, piece of work, plenipotentiary power, power of attorney, power to act, procuration, project, proxy, purview, regency, regentship, responsibility, service, stint, task, things to do, trip, trust, trusteeship, vicarious authority, warrant, work
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