One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A female attendant or cleaner serving an officer in the British services.
- ‘I have a letter I wrote home describing a number of various nationalities of batmen (and batwomen).’
- ‘In 1941 batwomen were introduced to the RAF Officers Mess, but only after there had been some discussion as to whether it was all right for a batwoman to take an RAF officer his cup of tea in the morning!’
Second World War: from bat (see batman) + woman.
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