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[wosh-er-woo m-uh n, waw-sher-] /ˈwɒʃ ərˌwʊm ən, ˈwɔ ʃər-/
noun, plural washerwomen.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

    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
  • It was like a caricature of a washerwoman, and someone said, "What mimics they are!"

  • He never got used to the washerwoman, and she never got used to him.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • "I know a washerwoman by the name of Dilly Danforth," returned Florence.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • Her face was as brown as if it had been varnished, and as full of wrinkles as a washerwoman's hands.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for washerwoman


noun (pl) -women, -men
a person who washes clothes for a living
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