1. Men's close fitting, ribbed, sleeveless white cotton undershirt most commonly used before T-shirts came into vogue as undergarments. It is named wife beater after Marlon Brando's character, Stanley Kowalski, who wore one during much of the movie version of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Stanley proved to be a sloppy, drunken, ill-tempered brute who beat his wife.
2. Slang name in Britain for a Belgian lager, Stella Artois, mostly because of the name, Stella, after Stella Kowalski, the victim of a beating from her husband, Stanley, in the aforementioned Tennessee Williams' play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," but also because of the high alcohol content which could possibly lead one to wife beating were he so pre-disposed.
"That fellow wearing the wife beater has knocked back 3 wife beaters in less than half an hour!"
by alfamax September 04, 2011
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form fitting white ribbed tank top worn by men; looks good on well-built fellas, pathetic on skinny fellas, and disgusting on fat beer bellied fellas
Brad Pitt looks damn good in a wife beater.
by youri August 02, 2003
A white sleaveles t-shirt also referred to as a muscle shirt or singlet.
Virgil's got his wifebeater on, looks like Helen's gonna get taught a lesson tonight!
by Jason August 14, 2002
A men's sleeveless undershirt.

I think the TV show "COPS" had a lot do with the creation of this word. Every time they showed a guy getting arrested for beating his wife he was wearing one of those sleeveless undershirts.
Jed was a wearing a wifebeater to show off his new tattoos.
by Char August 21, 2004
a very tight, white tank top that is ribbed in texture. this style of shirt is usually found on overweight white guys hailing from the trailer courts. unmistakeable markings of bbq sauce or chew spit on the front and smelling of old style beer and excessive perspiration. the wearer can be found at any type of festival which involves his toothless relatives working the carnival rides.
dude, let's go to the state fair and check out all the trash wearing wife beaters.
by Anonymous July 31, 2003
An a-shirt or tanktop or muscle shirt, sleeveless
I need to wash my wife beater.
by Anonymous April 03, 2003
Colloquial name for Stella Artois lager in England
Coming down the pub for a couple of wife beaters mate?
by markp July 25, 2004
An A formed white, tight, T-Shirt normally produced for men but also worn by women, intended for wear under shirts. Its reputation comes from those wearing the shirts while engaged in domestic violence.
His father was wearing a wifebeater under his favorie shirt.
by Theodore Butler September 27, 2005

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