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ˈtʃɑrˌwʊm ənchar·wom·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, womannoun

    a human female employed to do housework

    "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"


  1. charwomannoun

    A woman employed to do housework.

  2. Etymology: char + woman.


  1. Charwoman

    A charwoman (also chargirl, charlady or char) is an old-fashioned occupational term, referring to a paid part-time worker who comes into a house or other building to clean it for a few hours of a day or week, as opposed to a maid, who usually lives as part of the household within the structure of domestic service. A charwoman might work independently, often for cash in hand, or might come through an employment agency. Before 1960, the term "charwoman" was used as an official job title by government agencies in the United States, including municipal and state governments and by federal agencies such as the Department of Commerce and Labor, the Bureau of the Census, and the Bureau of Immigration. Charwomen have also sometimes been referred to as "scrubwomen". The word has the same root as "chore woman", one hired to do odd chores around the house. In British English, "cleaner" is now used much more often. In American English, the term "maid" is often used for any woman who cleans a home or hotel, whether she lives there or not.


  1. charwoman

    A charwoman is a woman employed as a cleaner or housekeeper, often in a commercial or public building. This term is primarily used in the United Kingdom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Charwomannoun

    a woman hired for odd work or for single days

  2. Etymology: [See Char a chore.]


  1. Charwoman

    A charwoman, char or charlady is an English house cleaner. The term has the same roots as "chore woman", one hired to do odd chores around the house. A char or chare was a turn in the sixteenth century, which gave rise to prefix being used to denote people working in domestic service. The usage of "charwoman" was common in the mid-19th century, often appearing as an occupation in the English census of 1841, but it fell out of common use in the last decades of the 20th century. Unlike a maid or housekeeper, typically live-in positions, the charwoman usually worked for hourly wages, usually on a part-time basis, often having several different employers. The position often features in fiction. One notable character is Ebeneezer Scrooge's charwoman Mrs. Dilbert who appears in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Among well-known chars is Ada Harris, the central character in Paul Gallico's novel Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris. In the British radio comedy series It's That Man Again, Dorothy Summers played the part of Mrs Mopp, an office char whose catch phrase was "Can I do you now, Sir?". A charwoman also appears in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of charwoman in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of charwoman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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