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[task-mis-tris, tahsk-]
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  1. a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
  2. a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.
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Origin of taskmistress

First recorded in 1595–1605; task + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for taskmistress

wheel, foreman, administrator, honcho, superintendent, exec, executive, manager, employer, director, forewoman, chief, overseer, owner, supervisor, chieftain, taskmaster, head, leader, foreperson

Examples from the Web for taskmistress

Historical Examples of taskmistress

  • Then our taskmistress appeared just as the floor was finished; she had forgotten the store room, it was locked up and not cleaned.

    Glimpses into the Abyss

    Mary Higgs

  • So we worked steadily, my friend's fate being worse, as she worked under the taskmistress's eye.

  • For one blessed three-quarters of an hour before I finished the taskmistress was away.