Definition of wife-beater in English:

wife-beater

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noun

US informal
  • A man’s sleeveless vest or T-shirt.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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