dry·​wall ˈdrī-ˌwȯl How to pronounce drywall (audio)
: a board made of several plies of fiberboard, paper, or felt bonded to a hardened gypsum plaster core and used especially as wallboard

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pisani’s three-dimensional artworks were created with unusual materials, including 100,000 drywall screws, 1,000 military dog tags and 3,800 2-inch wooden stars. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2023 Rather than do the painstaking finish work on a drywall ceiling — the joint tape, the multiple coats of mud skimmed to perfection — home builders would spray on a thick milkshake of gloop, then coat it in tiny balls of vermiculite or Styrofoam. John Kelly, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2023 The second, smaller square slides smoothly down the length of the drywall T-square for marking perpendicular lines. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2023 That includes everything from drywall painting to installing microwaves, electrical fixtures, fans and lights. John Benson, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2023 At Charleston East, in particular, more than 22,000 imperial tons of construction waste had been diverted as of October 2021, and 530,000 pounds of drywall waste was recycled as part of a closed-loop wallboard initiative. Mike Werner, Scientific American, 13 Dec. 2022 Holy Cross parishioner Juan Carlos Cruz Rojas, a drywall installer, said his church’s parade entry reminded him of the adoration of the Virgen de Guadalupe along the Costa Grande in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2022 The thread soon turns into a series of complaints about tenants who broke windows or who expected their full security deposit after drywall repairs. Curbed, 1 Sep. 2022 Donna was a retired teacher who worked part-time at a Janesville furniture store while Jim owned a drywall business, McNett said. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drywall was in 1950

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“Drywall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drywall. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


dry·​wall ˈdrī-ˌwȯl How to pronounce drywall (audio)
: a board made of layers of fiberboard, paper, or felt bonded to a plaster core
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