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

  • n. One who shares a house with another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone living in the same house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who dwells in the same house with another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who lives in the same house with another; a household companion.

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

  • n. someone who resides in the same house with you


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  • I went to many evenings in houses where the students living there would choose their new housemate from the candidates, I remember I once even went to three of those gatherings in one evening.

    Nathreee's search for a place to call home

  • The great thing about getting sunburnt with your housemate is that you can borrow her aftersun, to help ensure silky smooth skin.

    The One With The Music

  • * If when you walk in the door and one housemate is asleep and the other mentions that the main reason we're not going out is because of said mood re family member dying, and you then ask what is for dinner ....

    July 26th, 2005

  • I called my housemate and she soothed my conscience by insisting I just needed to search a little more, they must be in the house somewhere, but if I had to leave without my keys, she would let me in the flat later that evening.

    you gotta, gotta try a little tenderness!!!

  • The closest comparison I have is riding the bus to school on rainy Monday mornings with unwashed hippie kids and having it smell like "B.O. cake," a term my housemate came up with.

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  • The guy the fined my housemate is a regular on my tramline, so we plan on making this guys life as a ticket inspector frustrating and somewhat miserable. Forums

  • I'd expected to find the house intriguing, because it belonged to my Sparring Partner and I knew he was my kind of housemate, but I hadn't expected the house to hush as I entered, holding its breath to see if I would like it.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Meanwhile, today I had fun in Atlantic City with the family -- an annual tradition, in honor of one of my parents' housemate's mother, whom I consider a third parent the housemate, not his mother -- and came home to nifty-cool episodes of Heroes and Studio 60.

    writin' and other stuff

  • If someone wants to call her housemate a “selfish bitch” because she didn’t open the blinds in the morning, that’s her privilege.

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  • It means your "housemate" can bring their stuff and make a home. | Top Stories


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    December 5, 2008

  • "In white culture, rent is allocated among housemates through a system of weights, measures, and woolen sweaters. First, each housemate is weighed and the results are recorded on the underside of separate toads, which are then set free within the house. Next, the forearm of each housemate is measured from elbow to wrist, and each measurement is recorded on a separate spool of thread. Then, each housemate puts on a woolen sweater embroidered with a macramé flower. The spools of thread are placed inside a pillowcase and each housemate draws one. The number recorded on the spool is the length in leagues of wool yarn that is unwound from the bottom of that housemate's woolen sweater. The housemate then uses that yarn to create a partition in the home, within which the housemate is entitled to roam. At noon the next day, each housemate collects the toads that are in his or her partition and adds the weights on their bellies together. The percentage that this amount represents of the combined weight of all the housemates is calculated, and that is the percentage of the rent that housemate is responsible for. The toads are then eaten in a psychedelic ritual to the tunes of the first Jefferson Airplane album."

    - Kevin Erickson, 'Traditions In White Culture',

    December 5, 2008