From Middle English chare, variant (due to the verb form charen) of char, cher (“a turn”), from Old English ċierr, ċerr (“a turn, change, time, occasion, affair, business”), from Proto-Germanic *karzijaną (“to turn, sweep”), from Proto-Indo-European *gers- (“to turn, bend”). More at char.
chare (plural chares)
- Alternative form of ("turn, task, chore, worker").
- (Northern England) A narrow lane or passage between houses in a town.
- (intransitive) To work by the day, without being a regularly hired servant; to do small jobs; to char.