[ wosh-woo m-uh n, wawsh- ]
/ ˈwɒʃˌwʊm ən, ˈwɔʃ- /

noun, plural wash·wom·en.

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


/ (ˈwɒʃˌwʊmən) /

noun plural -women

a less common word for washerwoman
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