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


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

Origin of taskmistress

First recorded in 1595–1605; task + mistress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for taskmistress

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

  • 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.