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[ task -mas-ter , tahsk -mah-ster ]

  • a person whose function it is to assign tasks , especially burdensome ones, to others.
  • a person who supervises rigorously the work of others.

/ ˈtɑːskˌmɑːstə /

his teacher is a hard taskmaster

Derived Forms

  • ˈtaskˌmistress , noun:feminine

Other Words From

  • taskmaster·ship noun

Word History and Origins

Origin of taskmaster 1

Example Sentences

There’s a reputation of fearing the AD a bit in the crew world, because the AD is the taskmaster.

We already knew the pandemic was a killer, but it’s also a taskmaster, as Choudhury can attest.

The Wall Street Journal also reported recently that the role of CEO is evolving from that of taskmaster and lofty, untouchable figure to mentor and coach.

Musk is a taskmaster who plays fast and loose with the rules.

Kenny Atkinson, a development-minded taskmaster hired to guide a rebuild, was never going to be the right personality to lead Durant and Kyrie Irving on a title push.

CrossFitters work out in groups, moving to the demands of a benevolent taskmaster.

How could one face a régime in which the everlasting taskmaster held control?

In the words quoted with approval in the circular of 1835, the parish was to be "the hardest taskmaster and the worst pay-master."

One day, when Smith was threshing in the field, his cruel taskmaster beat him severely, although he had done nothing wrong.

He had been rather a hard taskmaster, though as a paymaster trustworthy; a ready-money man, just and ungenerous.

The words came in quick, gasping breaths, as a child might speak who tried to justify himself to his taskmaster.

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Other forms: taskmasters

A taskmaster is someone who makes you work very hard — maybe too hard. If your parents tell you and your siblings to shovel the driveway after a blizzard, even though it's freezing outside, they're definitely taskmasters .

Anyone who imposes a task , or job, might be described as a taskmaster. The term usually refers to someone who forces workers to do especially harsh tasks. In A Christmas Carol , Ebenezer Scrooge is a taskmaster who makes Bob Cratchett work late on Christmas Eve. And a soccer coach who pushes her players extra hard could also be described as a taskmaster. Dating from the 16th century, taskmaster comes from Latin roots meaning "labor" and "director."

  • noun someone who imposes hard or continuous work see more see less types: slave driver a supervisor of slaves at work taskmistress a woman taskmaster type of: supervisor one who supervises or has charge and direction of

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  • administration
  • anti-management
  • branch manager
  • co-president
  • comptroller
  • coordinator
  • industrialist
  • line manager
  • self-governing
  • silent partner
  • slave driver
  • sleeping partner
  • subdirector

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task·mas·ter

Task•mas•ter.

- someone who imposes hard or continuous work - a supervisor of slaves at work - one who supervises or has charge and direction of - a woman taskmaster
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Definition of taskmaster noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • She was a hard taskmaster .

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  3. Taskmaster

    A taskmaster is someone who makes you work very hard — maybe too hard. If your parents tell you and your siblings to shovel the driveway after a blizzard, even though it's freezing outside, they're definitely taskmasters. Anyone who imposes a task, or job, might be described as a taskmaster.

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