dust·​pan ˈdəs(t)-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio)
: a shovel-shaped pan for sweepings

Examples of dustpan in a Sentence

Here's a broom and dustpan. Go sweep the kitchen.
Recent Examples on the Web In a fourth update, Schaper shared a photo of the broom and dustpan in the aisle as a flight attendant used it to clean up the rice. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 22 Apr. 2023 The adorable six-piece play set includes a pint-sized broom, mop, duster, brush and dustpan (all functional), as well as a stand to keep organized. Buy Side Staff, wsj.com, 18 Nov. 2023 Reach for this dustpan while sweeping up small amounts of debris and garbage. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 Garner was controlling a bus-sized metal vacuum shaped like a kitchen dustpan submerged just in front of the boat. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 When you’re done using it, the handle retracts and the broom snaps into the dustpan that then folds upright for compact storage. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2023 In indoor playhouses where all toys are fair game to be dragged inside, stash play cleaning supplies (like a child-sized broom and dustpan), and furniture like a bean bag chair, if there's room. Ashley Ziegler, Parents, 16 Oct. 2023 Her mere presence sometimes sparks fear and commotion in a kitchen, sending workers scrambling to pick up a dustpan and broom to sweep up debris. Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 But keeping a tiny broom and dustpan to use exclusively on kitchen surfaces (that aren’t the floor) is a great way to cut back on paper towel use. Noah Kaufman, Bon Appétit, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dustpan was in 1783

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“Dustpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dustpan. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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dust·​pan ˈdəs(t)-ˌpan How to pronounce dustpan (audio)
: a pan shaped like a shovel for sweepings

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