wife·​beat·​er | \ ˈwīf-ˌbē-tər How to pronounce wifebeater (audio) \
plural wifebeaters

Definition of wifebeater

: a ribbed tank top that is sometimes worn as an undershirt She is barefoot and casually dressed, smoking Newports, in red capri-length Dickies with a red and white belt, a white wifebeater that says HURLEY and a black hoodie that says HARLEY-DAVIDSON…— Jesse Sheidlower Ripped young men in wifebeaters and equally buff young women in bikinis…— William Finnegan

First Known Use of wifebeater

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wifebeater

from the stereotypical association of such shirts with men who abuse their wives

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“Wifebeater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wifebeater. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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