waitressing

[wey-truh-sing]

Origin of waitressing

First recorded in 1935–40; waitress + -ing1

waitress

[wey-tris]
noun
  1. a woman who waits on tables, as in a restaurant.
verb (used without object)
  1. to work or serve as a waitress: She waitressed in a restaurant to help pay her way through college.

Origin of waitress

First recorded in 1580–90; wait(e)r + -ess

Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for waitressing

waitress

noun
  1. a woman who serves at table, as in a restaurant
verb
  1. (intr) to act as a waitress
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Word Origin and History for waitressing

waitress

n.

1834; see waiter + -ess.

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