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[wosh-woo m-uh n, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌwʊm ən, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun, plural washwomen.
Origin of washwoman
First recorded in 1580-90; wash + -woman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I heard the deep voice of the big Irish wash-woman I had engaged, conversing with the rough Norwegian.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • In an uncouth world he was a gentleman; he bowed as courteously to a wash-woman as to an heiress.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The son of a wash-woman begins re-making himself socially and imparts his system to his numerous friends.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for wash-woman


noun (pl) -women
a less common word for washerwoman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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