[wosh-woo m-uh n, wawsh-]

noun, plural wash·wom·en.

Origin of washwoman

First recorded in 1580–90; wash + -woman
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Examples from the Web for washwoman

Historical Examples of washwoman

  • “She told me I was to go with her to Glaishammer to get a washwoman for you,” continued Philippina.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • She must be washwoman and laundry woman, cleaning and scrub woman.

    The American Country Girl

    Martha Foote Crow

  • Here's a washwoman who says the Kaiser is a gentleman, and a street-car driver who says it's a rich man's war.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls

    Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)

  • She was a washwoman, and rented one scantily furnished room from a poor family named Simmons.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • The washwoman acts as if she was doing me a favour coming from eight to four, for four dollars and eighty-five cents.


    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for washwoman


noun plural -women

a less common word for washerwoman
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