from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun clothing worn for doing manual labor


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word work-clothes.


  • Just this morning my man came downstairs in the work-clothes I pressed for him the night before talking about why he love me, why he can't get enough of me.

    t Enough

  • The whole idea of summer reading is to shed your literary work-clothes, to lighten your usual reading load, to go on vacation from a certain kind of book.

    Summer reading

  • He was taller and thinner than the local Mayans, and was dressed in dun work-clothes and a frayed canvas belt that might have been military in origin and his boots were half-unlaced in a way that somehow seemed filthy and debauched.

    Gansevoort Ridge

  • The Grapes of Wrath humanized the plight of the Okies, who lost everything in a natural disaster, the drought and wind storms that turned the wheat farms of Oklahoma -- where my grandparents would later start and fold a work-clothes business -- into The Dust Bowl.

    Doug Levitt: The Unblogged and Unpolled: A View by Greyhound

  • On to Kaplan Brothers work-clothes store; my first time there.

    Thursday, My Love!

  • At the bar, for example, there were mainly men in blue work-clothes or old men from the surrounding district who came in for their glass of red wine.

    Maigret and the Killer

  • "We must keep on our work-clothes, for our life is not done; but your clothes are for holiday, because your tasks are over," said the branches.

    A Child's Story Garden

  • So the work-clothes were not forgotten when my trunk was packed.

    The American Missionary — Volume 42, No. 11, November, 1888

  • On the step next to the top one, some one was waiting -- a person dressed in work-clothes, with big, soiled hands, and an unshaven face.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy

  • His first thought was his boots -- expecting to find them under his stretcher, and himself in flannels; but he had them still on, and also his work-clothes, humanity to the sick in the first stages not being in the Colmoor code.

    The Lord of the Sea


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.