taskmistress

[ task-mis-tris, tahsk- ]
/ ˈtæskˌmɪs trɪs, ˈtɑsk- /

noun

a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.

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Origin of taskmistress

First recorded in 1595–1605; task + mistress

usage note for taskmistress

See -ess.

Words nearby taskmistress

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Example sentences from the Web for task-mistress

  • For to-day, London, so long his task-mistress and gaoler, had assumed a new attitude towards him.

    The Far Horizon|Lucas Malet
  • She seems to stand to him rather in the position of a task-mistress than of a beneficent Being, ministering to his wants.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic|William Young Sellar
  • Indispensable though he was to his task-mistress, he yet, as in former days, vexed her.

  • Looking in the face of her future task-mistress was scarcely calculated to awaken a very deep feeling of gratitude.

    The Cash Boy|Horatio Alger Jr.