wash·​up | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌəp How to pronounce washup (audio) , ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of washing clean

wash up

washed up; washing up; washes up

Definition of wash up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be deposited by or as if by a swell of waves seaweed washed up on the shore
2 : to wash one's face and hands
3 British : to wash the dishes after a meal

transitive verb

1 : to get rid of by washing wash up the spilled milk

Examples of washup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The old washup area became a walk-in pantry A half-wall divides the kitchen from the family room. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Mission Accomplished," 5 July 2012

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Medical waste and other debris began washing up on New York City-area seashores, forcing the closing of several popular beaches. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 6 July 2019 But all that would change when two jet skiers found a duffel bag washed up on shore near Pensacola Naval Air Station. Asena Basak, CBS News, "Convicted killer of pregnant Florida mother: "I did not kill Samira Watkins"," 3 July 2019 More likely the company was inspired by reports of straws hurting marine life, or whales washing up dead because their bellies are filled with plastic. WSJ, "Banning Plastic Straws Saves Marine Life," 5 June 2019 The 48-foot long male sperm whale ended up washing up on a beach near Berners Bay in mid-March. Alex Mccarthy, The Seattle Times, "Find allows for third sperm whale necropsy ever in Alaska," 13 Apr. 2019 For more than 30 years, a lasagna-loving tabby has been washing up on the beaches of northwestern France. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 Still, that’s a small fraction of the total number because most sink or wash up in remote areas and are unrecorded. Washington Post, "Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales," 16 June 2019 Plastics created and then discarded by humans are washing up on beaches worldwide, as well as sinking to the deepest depths of the oceans — threatening fish, birds, turtles and other wildlife, according to researchers. Nicole Winfield, sacbee, "Volcano created new Hawaii beach in 2018. It’s already covered in plastic, experts say," 4 June 2019 The sole act of aggression was committed by one of the men who savagely sliced up a small, hapless shark that washed up on the raft. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Raft': Film Review," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of washup


1884, in the meaning defined above


1664, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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