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washerwoman

[wosh-er-woo m-uh n, waw-sher-]
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noun, plural wash·er·wom·en.
  1. a woman who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundress.
Also washwoman.

Origin of washerwoman

First recorded in 1625–35; washer + -woman

Usage note

See -woman.
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Examples from the Web for washerwoman

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  • "She caught that from the washerwoman," laughed Mrs. Sherman.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • You were a washerwoman in your native place, weren't you, my dear?

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • One can scarcely believe that his father was a convict and his mother a washerwoman.

    David Dunne</p>

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • Out on the porch Big Mimy, the washerwoman, made herself heard.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • “Perhaps his washerwoman has sent in her bill,” said Coxhead.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for washerwoman

washerwoman

washwoman or masculine washerman

noun plural -women or -men
  1. a person who washes clothes for a living
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