Definition of dishpan hands

: a condition of dryness, redness, and scaling of the hands that results typically from repeated exposure to, sensitivity to, or overuse of cleaning materials (such as detergents) used especially in housework

First Known Use of dishpan hands

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Dishpan hands.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dishpan hands

chiefly US : hands that are red, rough, and sore because of washing a lot of dishes

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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Medical Definition of dishpan hands

: irritant contact dermatitis of the hands that is marked by dry, red, and scaly skin and results from repeated exposure to cleaning materials (as detergents) typically used in housework

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