from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman who performs manual or industrial labor for wages.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman who does manual labor for a living: not usually applied to brain-workers. See workman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman who performs any work; especially, a woman skilled in needlework.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A woman who performs manual labour; the female equivalent of a workman


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  • At the best, city life is an unnatural life for the human; but the city life of London is so utterly unnatural that the average workman or workwoman cannot stand it.


  • A good workwoman praises her tools - A Dress A Day

    A good workwoman praises her tools - A Dress A Day

  • Modeste laid each thread of cotton with a precision that would have made an ordinary workwoman desperate.

    Modeste Mignon

  • Wherefore we pray thee to give this house that hath been so dear to us unto thy workwoman and her mates; for we need it not, nor the hire thereof, but shall do well enough with what money or good thou mayst give us.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Epeus taking the nature of a workwoman; among the last was

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • The workwoman kneeling, grasps this upper millstone with both hands, and works it backwards and forwards in the hollow of the lower millstone, in the same way that a baker works his dough, when pressing it and pushing from him.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • I overheard a passer-by / pensioner / member of the public asking a workwoman what was going on.

    'No water.'

  • The clean fresh print dress, and the light straw bonnet, each made and trimmed as the French workwoman alone can make and trim, so as to unite the utterly unpretending with the perfectly becoming, was the rule of costume.


  • I treasure an ivy leaf or two, given by the workwoman, and pick up a cone which has just fallen from a fir-tree upon the grave of Alexander, as I read the inscription on his headstone: "Thou too wilt at last come to the grave; how art thou preparing?"

    In and Around Berlin

  • 'Well, we won't transact business now; but we want a workwoman badly, and if you will come to the cottage tomorrow my sister will show you any amount of carpets that need refitting.

    The Carved Cupboard


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