Definition of washerwoman in English:



  • A woman whose occupation is washing clothes.

    • ‘On the outskirts of the city by the river I watch washerwomen scrub clothes at giant water tanks.’
    • ‘Other witnesses were washerwomen, tavern keepers, or dockworkers.’
    • ‘Don't show up your lovely ring with washerwoman's hands.’
    • ‘The first woman he sees is a washerwoman hanging out the institution's washing.’
    • ‘While toiling as a St. Louis washerwoman during the 1890s, she began to go bald.’
    • ‘We were painfully aware that the poorest of the poor, such as washerwomen and casual labourers, were still unable to borrow, because they lacked enterprises.’
    • ‘Chances are that the washerwoman did not have a judge for a husband or father.’
    • ‘His father was a poor cobbler with great cultural aspirations and his mother a semi-literate washerwoman.’
    • ‘I have no father, and my mother was a washerwoman.’
    • ‘When the large plantations were established in the 1820s and 1830s, native Hawaiian men were employed as farm workers while Hawaiian women worked in the houses of white immigrants as maids and washerwomen.’
    • ‘She looked probably in her late twenties, I recognized her, though, for I couldn't have possibly forgotten that washerwoman's build.’
    • ‘His subjects were factory workers, bellboys, washerwomen, road workers and beggars.’
    • ‘Patients get severe muscle cramps; their skin hangs loose, and their hands look like a washerwoman's that have become dehydrated after prolonged water exposure.’
    • ‘Then, in the greatest tradition of cinema, they decide instead to try and invade the most strategic fort, currently held by the enemy, by sneaking in disguised as washerwomen.’
    • ‘I argued that the washerwoman might have mangled her hand if she was caught in the wringer, but it couldn't have engulfed her entirely.’
    • ‘Her characters in fiction and drama included domestic workers, washerwomen, seamstresses, and the unemployed, as well as dancers, artists, and teachers.’
    • ‘Others were seamstresses, barkeeps, gardeners, washerwomen, and confectioners.’
    • ‘Some of these women were employed as washerwomen or cooks, but most were not listed with an occupation.’
    • ‘In the case of the washerwoman, it is a sound - the shouts of the fleeing man - that throws her into a panic.’
    • ‘I've been called a lot of different things in the last couple of years, but ‘a plump, wrinkly old washerwoman from Fez, Morocco’ wasn't one of them.’