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 (wŏsh′ər-măn′, -mən, wôsh′-) also wash·man (wŏsh′măn′, -mən, wôsh′-)
A man who washes clothes and linens for a living.
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(ˈwɒʃ ər mən, ˈwɔ ʃər-)

n., pl. -men.
1. a man who washes clothes, linens, etc., for hire; laundryman.
2. a man who operates a machine for washing, as in a phase of a manufacturing process.
usage: See -man.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.washerman - operates industrial washing machinewasherman - operates industrial washing machine
washer - someone who washes things for a living
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(woʃ) verb
1. to clean (a thing or person, especially oneself) with (soap and) water or other liquid. How often do you wash your hair?; You wash (the dishes) and I'll dry; We can wash in the stream.
2. to be able to be washed without being damaged. This fabric doesn't wash very well.
3. to flow (against, over etc). The waves washed (against) the ship.
4. to sweep (away etc) by means of water. The floods have washed away hundreds of houses.
1. an act of washing. He's just gone to have a wash.
2. things to be washed or being washed. Your sweater is in the wash.
3. the flowing or lapping (of waves etc). the wash of waves against the rocks.
4. a liquid with which something is washed. a mouthwash.
5. a thin coat (of water-colour paint etc), especially in a painting. The background of the picture was a pale blue wash.
6. the waves caused by a moving boat etc. The rowing-boat was tossing about in the wash from the ship's propellers.
ˈwashable adjective
able to be washed without being damaged. Is this dress washable?
ˈwasher noun
1. a person or thing (eg a machine) that washes. They've just bought an automatic dish-washer.
2. a flat ring of rubber, metal etc to keep nuts or joints tight. Our tap needs a new washer.
ˈwashing noun
1. (an) act of cleaning by water. I don't mind washing, but I hate ironing.
2. clothes washed or to be washed. I'll hang the washing out to dry.
ˌwashed-ˈout adjective
1. completely lacking in energy etc. I feel quite washed-out today.
2. (of garments etc) pale, having lost colour as a result of washing. She wore a pair of old, washed-out jeans.
ˈwasherwoman, washerman nouns
a person who is paid to wash clothes.
washcloth noun
(American) a piece of cloth for washing the face or body.
ˈwash-basin noun
a basin in which to wash one's face and hands. We are having a new washbasin installed in the bathroom.
ˈwashing-machine noun
an electric machine for washing clothes. She has an automatic washing-machine.
ˈwashing-powder noun
a powdered detergent used when washing clothes.
ˌwashing-ˈup noun
dishes etc cleaned or to be cleaned after a meal etc. I'll help you with the washing-up.
ˈwashout noun
(an idea, project, person etc which is) a complete failure. She was a complete washout as a secretary.
ˈwashroom noun
a lavatory.
wash up
1. to wash dishes etc after a meal. I'll help you wash up; We've washed the plates up.
2. (American) to wash one's hands and face.
3. to bring up on to the shore. The ship was washed up on the rocks; A lot of rubbish has been washed up on the beach.
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References in classic literature ?
From house to house warm winter robes are spread, And through the pine-woods red Floats up the sound of the washerman's bat who plies His hurried task ere the brief noon wanes and dies.
So a PC George may be treated as a fisherman and an Abdullakutty as a washerman! Annihilation of caste was an objective of Ambedkar, not of the RSS.
Venkatesh was a washerman who lived in the area next to Munirathna's residence.
Although she kicked off her career after a stint in skits and short movies making, the Edo State-born is best known for her movie roles including a self-produced cinema project, entitled Washerman. She is, however, not controversy shy.
The dead included three police constables, two gardeners, one washerman, one cook, a 'Class IV' police employee as well as one civilian.
According to police, Faqir Hussain Rajput of Sidra Ghafoor Town had admonished Arshad Minhas and Zafar Washerman of the same town for selling drugs.
HYDERABAD -- A washerman in Tando Mohammad Khan suddenly finds himself to be millionaire as the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has detected a transaction of Rs10.4m in his name.
Of course, the white Sahib always has a pretext for his rude behavior, which must have been provoked by the colonized: "Sometimes he will say the washerman did not press his shirts well, another time that his coffee this morning was stone cold; or he could not sleep all night because of noise coming from the servant quarters; or that a telephone message was not delivered to him promptly enough, or that it looked as if someone had tampered with his mail" (188).
God becomes so identified with "polluting" professions (that is, scavengers and the washerman, who epitomize polluting occupations, become images of the Divine in the world) that encountering God and embracing Dalits become synonymous.
Room 19 present Phil Weeks tonight at the Wah Wah Club (a pop up club in The Grand Social, Liffey Street) alongside Washerman, Long Island Sound and Oisin Egan.