handwashing

noun hand·wash·ing \ ˈhand-ˌwȯ-shiŋ , -ˌwä- \
variants: or hand-washing

Definition of handwashing

1 :the act or activity of washing one's hands
  • Some 80 percent of your exposure to germs occurs through tough, making proper handwashing key to protecting yourself.
  • —Andrew WeilSelf HealingDecember 2004
2 :the act or activity or washing something by hand rather than by using a machine
  • delicate fabrics that require hand-washing

hand-wash

play \ˈhand-ˌwȯsh, -ˌwäsh\ transitive verb, hand-washed; hand-washing; hand-washes
    • … cotton that he said had to be hand-washed in lukewarm water …
    • —John Updike, “Beautiful Husbands” in Trust Me, 1987

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First Known Use of handwashing

1793


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