Definition of housemaid's knee in US English:

housemaid's knee


  • Inflammation of the fluid-filled cavity covering the kneecap, often due to excessive kneeling; bursitis.

    • ‘Furthermore, they would foster a host of new problems: housemaid's knee, malnutrition and an explosion in all the manifold ailments that smoking is known to cause.’
    • ‘A self-cleaning oven costs considerably more than an ordinary one - €1, 249 as opposed to €599 in the Neff range - but what price cleanliness and an end to housemaid's knee?’
    • ‘I will have to try and address the balance before he gets housemaid's knee!’
    • ‘Tennis elbow and housemaid's knee were associated with women.’


housemaid's knee

/ˌhousmādz ˈnē/