Definitions

Sorry, no definitions found.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Waiter, dishwasher, room service (breakfast prep).

    March 26, 2009

  • I'm guessing you never worked in a restaurant kitchen, bilby...

    March 26, 2009

  • There's not much to it, you can read Down and Out in a day. If you want that much dry gripe in a single day.

    March 25, 2009

  • "Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell was a revelation to me when I first turned its pages and encountered Orwell's descriptions of his life as a plongeur (dishwasher) and prep cook at the pseudonymous Hotel "X" in 1920s Paris..."
    —Anthony Bourdain, The Nasty Bits (New York: Bloomsbury, 2006), 96

    Bourdain is always quoting Orwell's book, but this chapter (a reprinted article) is the first time I've seen him explain the term.

    March 25, 2009

  • Well, I never.

    July 10, 2008

  • º§‰‡3

    July 10, 2008

  • What, you can't say that?

    July 10, 2008

  • /plɒ~ˈʒɜ�?/

    Seriously?

    July 10, 2008

  • Oh yes! Listen to qroqqa. I'm only referencing little well-meaning but indeterminate wordbooks.

    July 10, 2008

  • Pronunciation for the rest of us: /plɒ~ˈʒɜː/, or in ad-hoc symbols plo(ng)·zher.

    July 9, 2008

  • I doubt it.

    July 9, 2008

  • Pronounced ‹plahn·zhoor

    July 9, 2008

  • I learnt this word from Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London". Orwell doesn't exactly sell the profession.

    January 24, 2008

  • Wow. That sounds way better than "person who washes the dishes in a professional kitchen."

    January 24, 2008

  • informal French for the person who washes the dishes in a professional kitchen

    January 24, 2008