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Hyre-woman, n. Also: hyr-, hyir(e-, and -voman, -woeman. [Cf. Hyreman.] A woman-servant hired for wages. 1551 Hamilton Cat. 112.
Thow sall nocht cowet thi nychtbouris … servand, nor his hyir woman
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 6.
Wydewis, maidnis, and hyre women [Q. hyire-wemen]
Ib. 26.
The hyre women gettis na balbeis
1581 Burne Disput. 146.
That it is lesum to euerie man to tak his hyre voman and ly vith hir, quhen his vyf refusis
1685 Brechin Test. VII. 127.
To Margaret Tailȝour, hyre woeman, for ane years fee x lib.

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