Definitions

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  • n. One who starches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who starches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who starches, or whose occupation it is to starch: as, a clear-starcher.
  • n. In laundry-work, a machine for saturating collars, cuffs, and parts of shirts and other garments with hot starch, preparatory to passing them through an ironing-machine. The simplest machine is a tumbling-barrel in which collars and cuffs are placed with a small quantity of starch, the rolling motion of the barrel distributing the starch over the goods. In more complicated machines the goods are fed to endless tapes or conveyers of some openwork fabric, and carried through a tank holding starch, and then between stripping-rolls which remove the surplus starch. In other machines distributing-rolls spread the starch on the goods.

Etymologies

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starch +‎ -er

Examples

  • "When I went to work on the starcher," or, "after," or "before I went to work on the starcher," were sentences often on his lips.

    THE APOSTATE: written by Jack London

  • He would next go on the starcher, and later he would go into the loom room.

    THE APOSTATE: written by Jack London

  • When he was fourteen, he went to work on the starcher.

    THE APOSTATE: written by Jack London

  • She found she had once been a clear starcher, and was a tolerable plain work-woman; she resolved, therefore, to send her into the country, where she hoped to be able to get her some business, and knew that at least, she could help her, if unsuccessful, and see that her children were brought up to useful employments.

    Cecilia

  • Occasionally, when camped near a house, he would obtain starch and flat-irons, and get up my extra shirt in a way to excite the envy of a professional clear-starcher; but such red-letter days were few.

    Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War

  • She is coming, my children -- _mes enfants_, as Tommy will say when he gets his job as ribbon starcher to the French ambassador.

    First Plays

  • They did not -- the boss starcher explained to me with quiet elegance -- think of such a thing as drinking beer behind the boss's back, but they 'just didn't want him to know.'

    Making Both Ends Meet The income and outlay of New York working girls

  • Aunt Polly, during her visit, was provided with an accomplished lady's maid, who was an excellent hair-dresser and a wonderful clear-starcher.

    My beloved South,

  • When he was fourteen he went to work on the starcher.

    The Apostate

  • He would next go on the starcher, and later he would go into the loom-room.

    The Apostate

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