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taskmistress

[task-mis-tris, tahsk-]
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noun
  1. a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
  2. a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.
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Origin of taskmistress

First recorded in 1595–1605; task + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for task-mistress

Historical Examples

  • Looking in the face of her future task-mistress was scarcely calculated to awaken a very deep feeling of gratitude.

    The Cash Boy

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • For to-day, London, so long his task-mistress and gaoler, had assumed a new attitude towards him.

    The Far Horizon

    Lucas Malet

  • Indispensable though he was to his task-mistress, he yet, as in former days, vexed her.

  • She seems to stand to him rather in the position of a task-mistress than of a beneficent Being, ministering to his wants.