staymaker (plural staymakers)
- Someone who makes stays.
1779, The critical review, or annals of literature, volume 48, page 80:
- The author of these Memoirs informs us, that Miss Reay was the daughter of a staymaker near Leicester-Fields; and at the age of fourteen was placed as an apprentice to Mrs. Silver, a mantua-maker, in George's Court, Clerkenwell […]
- 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
1847, “A soirée in a porter's lodge”, in Chambers's Journal, volume 8, page 90:
- The young man bowed, and very politely led the way to a little back parlour, where the staymaker took a seat, and in a very slow and stately manner gave him numberless recommendations concerning the size, colour, and shape of her chaussure.
2009, Lynn Sorge-English, “Constructing Identity: The Staymaker Forms the Lady in Eighteenth-Century Britain”, in Historical Perspectives on Social Identities, page 79:
- This entry from the diary of Richard Viney, Staymaker, is one of many in which he mentions the physicality of staymaking in the same breath with sociability with his clients.