from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman hired to do chares or odd work, or to work by the day.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman hired for odd work or for single days.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chiefly UK A woman employed to do housework.

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

  • noun a human female employed to do housework


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

char + woman.



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  • She darted about the room like a charwoman in torment, now straightening a cushion, now folding a Special Racing Edition, now hustling a shameful pile of lingerie behind a modest curtain. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008

  • See also char.

    December 24, 2008

  • Whoops, I appear to have listed both this and charlady!

    December 24, 2008

  • That's okay, sarra, they're both words, right?

    December 24, 2008