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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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  • Touched by her youth, her misfortune and her beauty, my father apprenticed her to a washerwoman who lived near us.

  • Indeed, the washerwoman feared him more than any one else in the house.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • His mother is a washerwoman in this village, and the lad brought washing to my house.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • It is like the strokes of a washerwoman's bat, delivered with frenzied rapidity.

  • Is it possible that I convey that impression when I try to assume the character of a washerwoman or a fisherwoman?

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • She is a washerwoman at Healing Common, and he—he keeps a wegetable donkey-cart.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The washerwoman, with scarce a ray of hope to cheer her in her toils, will live to see her fashionable sisters all die around her.

  • He wishes me now, at my age, to become a cook and a washerwoman.

  • It was only the other day I came across our washerwoman and asked her how she and her husband got on together.

British Dictionary definitions for washerwoman


noun (pl) -women, -men
a person who washes clothes for a living
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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