bilge·​wa·​ter ˈbilj-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce bilgewater (audio)
: water that collects in the bilge of a ship

Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bilgewater was in 1698

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“Bilgewater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bilge water

: water that collects in a ship's bilge
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