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

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Recent Examples on the Web Drying mats aren’t necessary because this rack is designed with a drain tray to catch dishwater from the cups. Popular Science, "The best mug and cup racks for your organized kitchen," 14 Sep. 2020 In the show, Alan mirrors this abuse by pouring dirty dishwater on Marianne's head and slamming the door on her face. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The Major Differences Between Hulu's 'Normal People' and the Book," 30 Apr. 2020 Ruby is older than me, big-sister older rather than mom older, with dishwater blond hair and granola clothes. New York Times, "‘My Dark Vanessa,’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell: An Excerpt," 10 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of dishwater

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dishwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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