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wife-beater Syllabification: wife-beat·er
Pronunciation: /ˈwīfˌbēdər/

Definition of wife-beater in English:


US informal
A sleeveless undershirt.
Example sentences
  • Cameron pulled his dark blue polo shirt over his white wife-beater, and checked his reflection in the mirror.
  • Now it was a black mini-skirt with a white wife-beater and black combat boots.
  • She wore a white wife-beater and soft blue jeans.


Apparently from the association of such a garment with men who commit domestic violence.

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