Definition of maid-of-all-work in English:



  • A female servant doing general housework.

    • ‘Amongst the lower middle class only a maid-of-all-work was employed, who often endured very long hours and little prestige.’
    • ‘Charles meets Ella, a young woman who labors as a maid-of-all-work.’
    • ‘She never married, and she became the maid-of-all-work who nursed her father in his last years.’
    • ‘Those gowns are not made for elderly nannies or maids-of-all-work, but for young ladies.’
    • ‘Beth, the hotel's rather incompetent maid-of-all-work, was splendidly played by Ann Flannery.’
    female servant, maidservant, housemaid, parlourmaid, serving maid, lady's maid, chambermaid, domestic, drudge, menial
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