bath·​wa·​ter ˈbath-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce bathwater (audio)
: water for a bath

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The burns were so severe the women could see skin floating in the bathwater at the time. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 11 May 2023 After you’re finished eating, take the used peels and put them in your bathwater to extend the life of that citrusy aroma. Amanda Lauren, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Mar. 2023 Brain images, babies, and bathwater: critiquing critiques of functional neuroimaging. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2014 The companies that are crafting these AI apps are worried that the proverbial baby will get tossed out with the bathwater (an old saying, perhaps to be retired), which means that if their AI produces offensive essays or stories, people will go up in arms about the AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 Baby and the bathwater. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Get rid of the bathwater. CBS News, 27 Apr. 2022 The county threw its babies out with the bathwater. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 20 Feb. 2023 Basically, Gunn and Safran will be retaining what worked, rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater so to speak. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bathwater was in the 14th century

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“Bathwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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