What does the word sisyphus mean?

Usage examples for sisyphus

  1. Like some female Sisyphus, she seemed always pushing an enormous needle through a mountain of clothes that grew higher each time she reached the top. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  2. On another occasion he addressed his energies to the Sisyphus- like task of endeavouring to roll a very large water- barrel through his mother's very small door, all one winter night, while his mother alternately coaxed and threatened. – An Isle in the Water by Katharine Tynan
  3. You know, the one they call 'The Envy of Sisyphus, ' because it goes quite nicely up- hill if you push it. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki