Usually refers to any style of (usually) tight-fitting cotton shirts primarily worn by men as undershirts. Any of the types of white t-shirt or tank top that you can usually find sold in packages by the men's underwear can be classfied as a wifebeater.

While the "wifebeater" is worn primarily by men -- and presumably got the name because it is most often depicted as being worn as outerwear by men who beat their wives -- lots of women have taken to wearing them too. This is particularly true in the case of the cotton ribbed tank top, which can now be found sold as outerwear for women as well as men, and which can also be found in several other colors besides white.
Yuck ... see that dude in the wifebeater over there? His chest hair is, like, sticking out all over the place!
by Trish June 27, 2009
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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
A tank top usually white
Yo' it's hot as shit outside. I think Ima put on my wife beater.
by L-boogie June 22, 2003

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