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workwoman

[wurk-woo m-uh n]
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noun, plural work·wom·en.
  1. a female worker.
  2. a woman employed or skilled in some manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
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Origin of workwoman

First recorded in 1520–30; work + woman

Usage note

See -woman.
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Examples from the Web for workwoman

Historical Examples

  • But she was kept on all the same, for no other workwoman could iron a shirt with her style.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • The London workwoman buys a pound for one penny, or at the most twopence.

  • A workwoman, friends, she, no less than a princess; and princess most in being so.

    Saint Ursula

    John Ruskin

  • The "treachery" is all the greater if the objector is a workman or a workwoman.

  • And each box passes through the workwoman's hands thirteen times!

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo