driftwood

noun

drift·​wood ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce driftwood (audio)
1
: wood drifted or floated by water
2

Examples of driftwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shop it in charcoal, white, driftwood, light gray, and navy hues. Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2024 Designed by Colombian architect Andres Lopera, the light and airy boutique is brimming with driftwood, coral branches, fishing nets, anchors and a cozy white couch. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Maryland State Parks said that a piece of unassuming driftwood is believed to be part of a 19th Century ship. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 7 Jan. 2024 After working in construction, Mr. Killion began creating furniture using driftwood from the Hudson River. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Oct. 2023 The time stamp on that image after the wolf crossed the driftwood along the edge of the woods was 10:20 a.m. To Paquette’s surprise, the wolf approached him. Outdoor Life, 26 July 2023 The powerful waves are created by larger than average swells that can suddenly and without warning surge much farther inland than expected, breaking over rocks and lifting logs or driftwood onto the beach with deadly force, according to the National Weather Service. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Location features such as a Georgia beach with huge sculptural tangles of driftwood or trees draped in Spanish moss are beautiful. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Dec. 2023 The mantle above contrasts the fireplace’s coarse texture with a smooth, driftwood finish. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of driftwood was in 1633

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“Driftwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/driftwood. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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driftwood

noun
drift·​wood ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce driftwood (audio)
: wood drifted or floated by water

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