from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.
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- n. A woman employed to do housework.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman hired for odd work or for single days.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman hired to do chares or odd work, or to work by the day.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a human female employed to do housework
WILLIS: A charwoman is a person who cleans a building, so she is responsible for cleaning up the building.
Normally, the chef would call a charwoman to clean up that sort of mess.
They had been lifted from a garbage can used by bureaucrats in some Soviet Russian Consulate, pilfered by what old British spy novelists used to call a "charwoman", in Yankee parlance, a janitor.
(I say charwoman, meaning a woman who is paid to do work that other servants are hired to do, but will not.) [Illustration]
She usually dressed rather in the style of a superior kind of charwoman, and it was not so very surprising that she should have imagined that she was one; and still less that people should accept her statement and help her to get work.
From the theatre, we lost: Daniel, our doorkeeper; two stagehands; one of the dray horses not from plague, of course; Mary, the wig mistress; and Sue, our charwoman.
Sexually frustrated Acacius, in Halston's expert hands, is a scream, while Fraser's turn as both Walburga and an Irish charwoman, is a comic gem.
A charwoman-actress once captivated Mexican high society in her alter ego as Don Carlos Balmori
The party of travellers was stopped short in the customs shed by the sight of a white cockney charwoman on her knees, scrubbing the floor.
A plaid shawl borrowed from the washerwoman, a ragged scrubbing skirt borrowed from the charwoman, and a gray wig rented from a costumer for twenty-five cents a night, completed the outfit; for Edna had elected to be an old Irishwoman singing broken-heartedly after her wandering boy.