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

  • n. Variant of washerwoman.

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  • n. A washerwoman.

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  • n. a working woman who takes in washing


wash +‎ woman (Wiktionary)


  • "washwoman" instead of the "laundress," and, as did her father, called the man who took care of the grounds, ran the furnace, and drove the

    The Squirrel-Cage

  • If this old washwoman of a candidate is all the GOP can offer as fresh, then I guess they'll need more lanterns and flares to find their way out of the wilderness.

    The GOP's fresh face from Minnesota

  • Our old washwoman Saunders and three children have gone through this visitation successfully, and being so near us we have used some caution. —

    Letter 305

  • “He looked just like a nigra washwoman bent over in the row.”

    The Convict and Other Stories

  • No one will be told that the government does not take this money and keep it for the old age or for the needy day of the washwoman, but spends it as fast as it comes in for battleships, cooling systems, salaries, mileage of congressmen and all the miscellaneous expense of government.


  • He was grinning like a washwoman standing at a fence with basket full of dirty gossip.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • Jacko shouted for help -- to the brass directing traffic, to the washwoman kneeling on marble steps, to the costermonger polishing her apples -- but his shouts wisped in the wind and were lost.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Jagang didn't want her slipping out of their snare by hiding in crowds of people, or escaping by pretending to be a lowly washwoman.

    The Pillars of Creation

  • When she found him a washwoman, who came to the house one day a week and boiled laundry in the cellar, Trudi and Robert watched while the woman built a fire beneath the huge kettle, which was set into bricks, and stirred the soapy liquid with a wooden paddle.

    Stones from the River

  • A washwoman knelt by a bucket of ammonia scrubbing the marble floor.

    Gorky Park


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