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

Definition of washup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of washing clean

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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

Dolphins or whales washing up on the shores of New Zealand isn’t new. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly 150 Pilot Whales Washed Up on a Beach in New Zealand," 27 Nov. 2018 The latest game from Papers, Please creator Lucas Pope tasks you with solving the mystery of the titular Obra Dinn, a ship that washed up on shore in 1807, five years after it was believed to be lost at sea. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The grisly mystery of Return of the Obra Dinn will make you obsessed," 18 Oct. 2018 Or put a few drops of an essential oil into water, soak a washcloth in it and wash up. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Serenity now: Find the calm in caregiving," 27 Apr. 2018 The plastics that don’t break down, however, tend to swirl in large ocean garbage patches, and eventually wash up on beaches. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point," 12 July 2018 Burgess veers chaotically from being sympathetically washed up at 30 to a fragile and spiteful viper. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "'Mrs. Harrison' at the Azuka Theatre: Power and promise, here, now, everywhere," 9 May 2018 All are being swept across the Pacific from as far away as Indonesia, China and Peru to wash up on the islands. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "The Galapagos Islands are fighting a new invasive species: the world's trash | Miami Herald," 18 Apr. 2018 With as many as six first-team players exiled from the team in recent weeks, squad options have been left thin, resorting to washed up stars like Stephen Ireland. SI.com, "What Happened Stokealona? Examining Where it All Went Wrong for a Once Promising Stoke City Side," 8 May 2018 Some 70 years later, however, the lethal explosives keep washing up on Europe's beaches or are being pulled into fishing boats. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Unexploded WWII bomb forces mass evacuation in Berlin," 20 Apr. 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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