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Meaning of WORKHOUSE

Pronunciation:  'wurk`haws

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
  2. [n]  (British) a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
 

WORKHOUSE is a 9 letter word that starts with W.

 

 See Also: clink, gaol, jail, jailhouse, poorhouse, slammer

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Work"house`\, n.; pl. {Workhouses}. [AS. weorch?s.]
1. A house where any manufacture is carried on; a workshop.

2. A house in which idle and vicious persons are confined to
   labor.

3. A house where the town poor are maintained at public
   expense, and provided with labor; a poorhouse.

 

 

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