from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A household servant, especially an overworked one.
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- n. A maid, maidservant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A maidservant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A domestic drudge; a maid-servant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work
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He has been instructed to bring soda whenever he hears the word slavey pronounced from above.
Punch was the champion of the "slavey" -- immortalized in Dickens's "Marchioness" -- even of the much-maligned charwoman; the relentless critic of Jeames, his plush and powder and calves.
It is opened after a longer or shorter interval by the "slavey" -- in the morning, slatternly, her arms concealed beneath her apron; in the afternoon, smart in dirty cap and apron.
And here to the doorstep came the "slavey," very frowzy and very perplexed, to tell me that the missus would let me come back and wait in the kitchen.
The derisive slang term "slavey" expresses the generally prevalent public contempt.
And she never did any work that could possibly be handed over to Dick, and the boy was in very truth the "slavey" they called him, and he rarely had enough to eat.
A man forty-eight, his wife forty-five, three boys fourteen to nineteen, a girl sixteen years of age, a married son, twenty-two, with his wife and baby, living in the same house, another baby coming, and a little "slavey" given food and lodging and clothing for doing the work.
Build, cheapen, render alluring a simpler, more spacious type of house for the clerk, fill it with labour-saving conveniences, and leave no excuse and no spare corners for the "slavey," and the slavey -- and all that she means in mental and moral consequence -- will vanish out of being.
In those days only very prosperous people had more than such an equipage, and it is to be remarked that every drop of water Parload used had to be carried by an unfortunate servant girl, -- the "slavey," Parload called her -- up from the basement to the top of the house and subsequently down again.
Belgian refugee, a sort of "slavey," hung on, because she had no other place to go.
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