[wosh-er-woo m-uh n, waw-sher-]

noun, plural wash·er·wom·en.

a woman who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundress.

Also washwoman.

Origin of washerwoman

First recorded in 1625–35; washer + -woman

Usage note

See -woman.
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Examples from the Web for washerwoman

Contemporary Examples of washerwoman

  • She worked as a domestic and a nanny for a wealthy family, then secured a job as a washerwoman chez Mère Fillioux.

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    The Queen of the French Kitchen

    Katie Baker

    March 26, 2014

Historical Examples of washerwoman

  • "She caught that from the washerwoman," laughed Mrs. Sherman.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • You were a washerwoman in your native place, weren't you, my dear?


    Emile Zola

  • One can scarcely believe that his father was a convict and his mother a washerwoman.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • Out on the porch Big Mimy, the washerwoman, made herself heard.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • “Perhaps his washerwoman has sent in her bill,” said Coxhead.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for washerwoman


washwoman or masculine washerman

noun plural -women or -men

a person who washes clothes for a living
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