webster

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English webbestre, feminine form of webba (weaver). Compare web, weave, and -ster.

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Noun[edit]

webster (plural websters)

  1. (now historical) A weaver (originally, specifically female).
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 242:
      A Derbyshire webster who proposed to cure a lunatic with a paper charm in the reign of Charles I demanded £3 down, and £3 more when the patient was cured.