From Old English webbestre, feminine form of webba (“weaver”). Compare web, weave, and -ster.
webster (plural websters)
- (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.