wash·​up | \ˈwȯsh-ˌəp, ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of washing clean

wash 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

When women do, we're considered old, washed up, and even undesirable. Amanda Etkind, Allure, "My Hair Started Going Gray When I Was Just 20 — and I'm Totally Embracing It," 6 Sep. 2018 By the time Emmett Till’s battered body washed up three days later in the Tallahatchie River, his death – according to many historians – would spark the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. Ernie Suggs, ajc, "Aug. 28, 1955: The day Emmett Till launched a movement," 12 July 2018 Scientists are rarely able to test dead orcas, as their bodies sink or wash up in remote areas, so much of their plight remains unknown. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 Often, when whales die, their carcasses sink or wash up onto remote beaches and are hard to find and test. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 And Henderson Island, halfway between Chile and New Zealand, earned the dubious title for the world’s most polluted island in May when researchers discovered an estimated 38 million pieces of plastic washed up on its shores, reported NBC News. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A sperm whale died from eating 64 pounds of plastic litter, marine experts say | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, ocean water seeps beneath the ice shelf and washes up against the base of the glacier. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Glaciers Lost Stunning Amount of Ground in Recent Years," 4 Apr. 2018 Investigators also shared evidence of what may have been blood on shower walls in the hideout house, suggesting that the killer washed up there before fleeing. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 That year, massive rafts of Sargassum—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of rotting eggs. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands," 11 June 2018

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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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