One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman employed to clean houses or offices.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘The play has two characters, upper class Mrs Holbrook and charwoman, Mrs Chicky.’
- ‘In the following six sections, the charwoman Mrs. McNab enters the house, ‘tearing the veil of silence’ of Charmichael's and Mr. Ramsay's poetic/metaphysical visions.’
- ‘My mother did not keep very good health, so we had a charwoman who came in to do the cleaning.’
- ‘I met a Battersea charwoman yesterday who was almost in tears because she lived on the wrong side of the street and couldn't vote for Saklatvala.’
- ‘Nancy Sharman recalled that her mother, a Southampton charwoman, had no time to read until her last illness, at age 54.’
Late 16th century: from obsolete char or chare ‘a turn of work, an odd job, chore’ (obscurely related to chore) + woman.
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