Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A woman who is employed to launder clothes and linen.
- ‘In the Middle Ages the laundresses would drape the household sheets over lavender bushes to dry and to impart their fresh, clean scent.’
- ‘As a laundress, she supported us until our financial situation improved.’
- ‘Almost all working free women of colour laboured in towns, as tavern-keepers and innkeepers, petty retailers, seamstresses, laundresses, and domestics.’
- ‘Irish working class girls were viewed as drunken and feckless, only suitable to be housemaids or laundresses.’
- ‘Brown points out that many of the bank's loyal supporters were laundresses.’
- ‘Black women were signed on as nurses instead of laundresses or cooks only when they were to serve in all-black hospitals or relegated to nurse infectious white patients.’
- ‘Records do show that free Black women served during the Civil War as nurses, laundresses and cooks.’
- ‘He primarily painted the crew but like his laundresses, in no specifically individual way.’
- ‘Looking out of the picture, presumably watching the cauldron as it boils more water, the laundress immerses clothes in a wooden tub frothed with over-running foam.’
- ‘Across the river a laundress scrubs clothes on the water-steps.’
- ‘Two laundresses had taken pity on her and had shown her the way since they were headed that direction anyway.’
- ‘Many of them provided indispensable services as laundresses, cooks and nurses.’
- ‘Because of their lowly social status and outspoken behavior, the reputation of laundresses in late eighteenth-century Spain was problematic at best.’
- ‘Careless of his duties, a herdsman in a saffron tunic plays his pipe to a young laundress delectable in suntan and ultramarine blue.’
- ‘Concentrated primarily as laborers, teamsters, deliverymen, waiters, servants, maids and laundresses, they held many of the lowest paid and least skilled jobs in the city.’
- ‘She thought of Maurice's shirts, the many she had seen pausing to help the laundresses.’
- ‘Among women, common occupations included servants and waitresses, and seamstresses or laundresses, with smaller groups of laborers and factory workers.’
- ‘The life of London laundresses in the mid-19th century is a major theme in a new exhibition at The Women's Library.’
- ‘Katalyn was one of the many laundresses required to make an army camp work.’
- ‘This is a migratory anecdote, a printed version of which appeared in England in 1631, where it was told about a laundress who had apparently hoarded money for provisions for her wake.’
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.