dish·​wa·​ter ˈdish-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce dishwater (audio)
: water in which dishes have been or are to be washed

Examples of dishwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anything near a stove or sink will soak up splatters and odors from foods, cooking oils, dishwater, and more. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 The night scenes and a good portion of what occurs underwater is in fact hard to parse out in its visual details, as if a coating of dishwater has been placed upon every frame; there’s no visual levity. Vulture, 22 May 2023 Samantha Frye began working at Rosalie's Restaurant in Strasburg at 16 as a dishwater, according to USA Today. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 There are no palm trees on her street and dishwater gives back no images. Marcia Luttrellcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2023 David Jacobs wrote and created the show with a comfortable handle on his subjects and potential viewers — housewives looking to escape their dishwater. Richard Hack, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2023 Spooky piano music rising from the dishwater. Kim Addonizio, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 The west, however, revealed an expanse of grayness, with a tint perhaps comparable to that of dishwater. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dishwater was in the 15th century

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“Dishwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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dish·​wa·​ter -ˌwȯt-ər How to pronounce dishwater (audio)
: water in which dishes have been or are to be washed
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