or bot·tle-wash·er

[bot-l-wosh-er, -waw-sher]


a person or machine that washes bottles.


    chief cook and bottlewasher, a person who does a wide variety of routine, sometimes menial, tasks: He's not just sales manager, he's the chief cook and bottlewasher in this firm.

Origin of bottlewasher

First recorded in 1860–65; bottle1 + washer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bottle-washer

Historical Examples of bottle-washer

  • "I'm the Vicar's bottle-washer, you know," added the curate, with a guffaw.

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

  • And Cospatric's experiences as a photographer's bottle-washer!

    The Recipe for Diamonds

    Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne

  • "He's not going straight at things," said Durgan the bottle-washer to his wife.


    H. G. Wells

  • Yes, if you'll be a very good girl, and never interfere again when I am 'head-cook and bottle-washer.'

    Marion Berkley

    Elizabeth B. Comins

  • He would consider it an honor to be bottle-washer to such a pious hero as General Joshua.

    Arrows of Freethought

    George W. Foote

British Dictionary definitions for bottle-washer



informal a menial or factotum
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