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taskmistress

[ task-mis-tris, tahsk- ]

noun

  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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Gender Note

See -ess.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of taskmistress1

First recorded in 1595–1605; task + mistress

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Example Sentences

She looked up at Chiswick appealingly but saw only a stern taskmistress.

But already some conception that we were under a hard taskmistress was dawning upon us.

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

Aphrodite is a hard taskmistress, and the mysterious bond of beauty which chains Helen to her cannot be broken.

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

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