from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seamstress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seamstress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sheep-shearer.
  • n. Same as shepstare.
  • n. See shapester.


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  • Spinster is the only one of all her various womanly titles that survives; webster, shepster, litster, brewster, and baxter are obsolete.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • The occupations are also obsolete save those indicated by shepster and baxter -- that is, the cutting out of cloth and baking of bread; these are the only duties among them all that she still performs.

    Home Life in Colonial Days


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