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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who washes clothes and linens for a living.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who washes other people's laundry for payment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who washes clothes, especially for hire, or for others.
  • n. The pied wagtail; -- so called in allusion to its beating the water with its tail while tripping along the leaves of water plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who washes clothes for others or for hire.
  • n. The dishwasher or washdish. a wagtail. See cut under wagtail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a working woman who takes in washing

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