Definitions for: Workhouse


[n] a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
[n] (British) a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor



Webster (1913) 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.

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

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