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[wurk-woo m-uh n] /ˈwɜrkˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural workwomen.
a female worker.
a woman employed or skilled in some manual, mechanical, or industrial work.
Origin of workwoman
1520-30; work + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The lady now conducted Otto into the sitting-room, where he found the four daughters in full activity with a workwoman.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • The London workwoman buys a pound for one penny, or at the most twopence.

  • An artist or a workwoman can tell at once whether your stitch was laid just so because you meant it or because you knew no better.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • The "treachery" is all the greater if the objector is a workman or a workwoman.

  • Agricola gave to Miss de Cardoville the anonymous letter which had been received by the workwoman.

  • She, too, had the smile of good-fellowship—coin freely passed from workwoman to workwoman.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • A workwoman, friends, she, no less than a princess; and princess most in being so.

    Saint Ursula John Ruskin
  • It tells the story of a workwoman who attained a very high degree of Christian perfection.

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

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Nabby was in her way and place a person worth making concessions to, for she was a workwoman not to be despised.

    Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe

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