Definition of bottle washer in US English:

bottle washer


  • 1A person employed to wash bottles.

  • 2Humorous. A person who performs routine, sometimes menial, tasks; a factotum. Chiefly in "chief (or head) cook and bottle-washer": a person who is responsible for a large number of both trivial and important tasks.

  • 3A utensil or machine for washing bottles.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in New York Herald. From bottle + washer.


bottle washer

/ˈbɒtl ˌwɒʃə/