charwoman


charwoman
charwoman (n.) 1590s, from M.E. char, cherre "turn of work" (see CHORE (Cf. chore)) + WOMAN (Cf. woman).

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  • Charwoman — Char wom an (ch[^a]r w[oo^]m an), n.; pl. {Charwomen} (ch[^a]r w[i^]m [e^]n). [See {Char} a chore.] A woman hired for odd work or for single days. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • charwoman — ► NOUN Brit. dated ▪ a woman employed as a cleaner in a house or office. ORIGIN from obsolete char or chare «a chore» …   English terms dictionary

  • charwoman — [chär′woom΄ən] n. pl. charwomen [chär′wim΄in] [see CHARE, CHORE] a woman who does general cleaning, as in office buildings …   English World dictionary

  • charwoman — UK [ˈtʃɑː(r)ˌwʊmən] / US [ˈtʃɑrˌwʊmən] noun [countable] Word forms charwoman : singular charwoman plural charwomen UK [ˈtʃɑː(r)ˌwɪmɪn] / US [ˈtʃɑrˌwɪmɪn] British old fashioned a woman whose job is to clean a building, especially someone else s… …   English dictionary

  • charwoman — [16] A charwoman is, quite literally, a woman who does ‘chores’. Chore is a variant of the now obsolete noun chare or char, which meant literally ‘turn’ (it derived from the Old English verb cerran, which may be the source of charcoal). Hence… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • charwoman — [[t]tʃɑ͟ː(r)wʊmən[/t]] charwomen N COUNT A charwoman is a woman who is employed to clean houses or offices. [BRIT, OLD FASHIONED] Syn: cleaner …   English dictionary

  • charwoman — [16] A charwoman is, quite literally, a woman who does ‘chores’. Chore is a variant of the now obsolete noun chare or char, which meant literally ‘turn’ (it derived from the Old English verb cerran, which may be the source of charcoal). Hence… …   Word origins

  • charwoman — noun Etymology: chare + woman Date: 1596 a cleaning woman especially in a large building …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • charwoman — /chahr woom euhn/, n., pl. charwomen. a woman hired to do general cleaning, esp. in an office or large house. [1590 1600; CHAR3 + WOMAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • charwoman — noun A woman employed to do housework. Syn: cinderella, cleaning woman …   Wiktionary


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