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washerwoman

[wosh-er-woo m-uh n, waw-sher-] /ˈwɒʃ ərˌwʊm ən, ˈwɔ ʃər-/
noun, plural washerwomen.
1.
a woman who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundress.
Also, washwoman.
Origin of washerwoman
1625-1635
1625-35; washer + -woman
Usage note
See -woman.
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  • Touched by her youth, her misfortune and her beauty, my father apprenticed her to a washerwoman who lived near us.

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

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • His mother is a washerwoman in this village, and the lad brought washing to my house.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • One can scarcely believe that his father was a convict and his mother a washerwoman.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Is it possible that I convey that impression when I try to assume the character of a washerwoman or a fisherwoman?

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • Out on the porch Big Mimy, the washerwoman, made herself heard.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The washerwoman, with scarce a ray of hope to cheer her in her toils, will live to see her fashionable sisters all die around her.

  • It was like a caricature of a washerwoman, and someone said, "What mimics they are!"

  • It was only the other day I came across our washerwoman and asked her how she and her husband got on together.

British Dictionary definitions for washerwoman

washerwoman

/ˈwɒʃəˌwʊmən/
noun (pl) -women, -men
1.
a person who washes clothes for a living
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