dish·​wa·​ter | \ ˈdish-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce dishwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of dishwater

: water in which dishes have been or are to be washed

Examples of dishwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All nose-to-the-grindstone makes Jack a dishwater-dull knife. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Wipeable materials like tile were designated to protect small areas from sprays of grease or dishwater. Lexi Mainland, Los Angeles Times, "One-Step Makeover: How a new backsplash can dramatically transform the look of your kitchen," 22 Aug. 2019 Watching any given frame of this series, which has earned Emmy nominations for directing and cinematography, is frequently like looking through a pool of dirty dishwater. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 Grain bowls can be a symphony of flavor — or dull as dishwater. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 There is a stove and refrigerator and a bucket under the sink for catching dishwater. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "The New Outdoor Getaway: Landscapes That Have Been ‘Rewilded’," 20 Sep. 2018 The return of Premier League football couldn't have come soon enough, with football fans forced to endure a week of pointless international friendlies that were, for the most part, as dull as dirty dishwater., "6 of the Best Moments From a Potentially Decisive Weekend of Premier League Action," 2 Apr. 2018 With no running water, buckets of urine and dishwater were out in the open. Christopher Harress,, "Three dead as Mobile mourns fallen police officer," 21 Feb. 2018 Residents also are asked to refrain from tasks that use a large amount of water, such as using the dishwater or washing machine. Littice Bacon-blood,, "St. John Parish schools closed Thursday amid water pressure concerns," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dishwater

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dishwater.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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: water in which dishes have been or are going to be washed

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