[wosh-woo m-uh n, wawsh-]

noun, plural wash·wom·en.

Nearby words

  1. washrag,
  2. washroom,
  3. washstand,
  4. washtub,
  5. washup,
  6. washy,
  7. wasim akram,
  8. wasn't,
  9. wasp,
  10. wasp waist

Origin of washwoman

First recorded in 1580–90; wash + -woman

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Examples from the Web for wash-woman

  • In an uncouth world he was a gentleman; he bowed as courteously to a wash-woman as to an heiress.

  • I heard the deep voice of the big Irish wash-woman I had engaged, conversing with the rough Norwegian.

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  • The son of a wash-woman begins re-making himself socially and imparts his system to his numerous friends.

British Dictionary definitions for wash-woman


noun plural -women

a less common word for washerwoman
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