One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman whose occupation is washing clothes.
- ‘I have no father, and my mother was a washerwoman.’
- ‘Others were seamstresses, barkeeps, gardeners, washerwomen, and confectioners.’
- ‘On the outskirts of the city by the river I watch washerwomen scrub clothes at giant water tanks.’
- ‘Chances are that the washerwoman did not have a judge for a husband or father.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other witnesses were washerwomen, tavern keepers, or dockworkers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His subjects were factory workers, bellboys, washerwomen, road workers and beggars.’
- ‘In the case of the washerwoman, it is a sound - the shouts of the fleeing man - that throws her into a panic.’
- ‘His father was a poor cobbler with great cultural aspirations and his mother a semi-literate washerwoman.’
- ‘Some of these women were employed as washerwomen or cooks, but most were not listed with an occupation.’
- ‘The first woman he sees is a washerwoman hanging out the institution's washing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘While toiling as a St. Louis washerwoman during the 1890s, she began to go bald.’
- ‘Her characters in fiction and drama included domestic workers, washerwomen, seamstresses, and the unemployed, as well as dancers, artists, and teachers.’
- ‘She looked probably in her late twenties, I recognized her, though, for I couldn't have possibly forgotten that washerwoman's build.’
- ‘Don't show up your lovely ring with washerwoman's hands.’
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