bath·​wa·​ter | \ ˈbath-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce bathwater (audio) , ˈbäth-, -ˌwä-tər\

Definition of bathwater

: water for a bath

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Harvard has thrown the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. Erin Hawley, National Review, "Harvard’s Ban on Single-Sex Organizations Hurts Women," 19 Aug. 2019 That would probably be impossible at this point and a quintessential case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "How to fix the internet, according to its pioneers," 16 July 2019 Instead of solving that problem, the company’s new policies appeared to throw the baby out with the bathwater — to take down the good with the bad in one fell swoop. Washington Post, "How YouTube erased history in its battle against white supremacy," 14 June 2019 One mother and daughter share the same bathwater and spoon each other in bed. Tracy Swartz,, "Norridge family featured on 'Smothered,' a new TV show about mothers and daughters who are really, really, really close," 10 June 2019 Fischer, meanwhile, stood beside them gazing down at Gene with a proud look on his face – and some stray bathwater still on his shirt. Maria Pasquini,, "Amy Schumer Jokes She’ll Wear ‘Hospital Underwear for Life’ as She Cuddles with 5-Week-Old Son Gene," 8 June 2019 That drum was among the toys that got dumped into my children’s bathwater multiple times a week. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 In addition to the ocean, which is bathwater warm and practically wave-free, there’s a huge pool, plus a baby pool. Andrea Lavinthal,, "7 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler," 4 July 2018 In her new post, Ciara zooms in on a giffy Sienna playing in bathwater while smiling up at the camera. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Ciara Shares New Baby Photos of Daughter Sienna During Bathtime," 26 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bathwater

: water used for a bath

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