housemaid's knee

noun

: a swelling over the knee due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the patella

Word History

Etymology

from its occurrence among women who work a great deal on their knees

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of housemaid's knee was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Housemaid's knee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housemaid%27s%20knee. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

housemaid's knee

noun

: a swelling over the knee in front of the kneecap

Medical Definition

housemaid's knee

noun

house·​maid's knee ˈhau̇-ˌsmādz- How to pronounce housemaid's knee (audio)
: a swelling over the knee due to an enlargement of the bursa in the front of the patella
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