sponge·​ware ˈspənj-ˌwer How to pronounce spongeware (audio)
: a typically 19th century earthenware with background color spattered or dabbed (as with a sponge) and usually a freehand central design

Examples of spongeware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enveloped in patterned cabbage-green wallpaper, old-world spongeware vases, and antique artwork, the new Sister Parish Design showroom and official New York office is brimming with hospitable delight. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 23 May 2022 This year’s decorating technique is inspired by enduring spongeware pottery, popular in our country for centuries. Donna Erickson / Creative Parenting, Twin Cities, 12 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spongeware was in 1943

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“Spongeware.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spongeware. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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