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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
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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
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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
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In the UK, originally the white string-vest, but most vests/tank tops get reffered to as Wife-Beaters.
The oniginal example was so called due to the fact that the main type of person who wears string-vests was usually a fat, wife-beating, alchoholic.
by Dj Risq June 22, 2005
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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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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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