washboard

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noun wash·board \ˈwȯsh-ˌbȯrd, ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washboard

  1. 1 :  a broad thin plank along a gunwale or on the sill of a lower deck port to keep out the sea

  2. 2 :  baseboard

  3. 3 a :  a corrugated rectangular surface that is used for scrubbing clothes or as a percussion instrument b :  a road or pavement so worn by traffic as to be corrugated transversely c :  an abdominal area characterized by prominent and well-defined musculature —usually used attributively <a bodybuilder with washboard abs> <a washboard stomach>

1742

First Known Use of washboard

1742


WASHBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

washboard

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noun wash·board \ˈwȯsh-ˌbȯrd, ˈwäsh-\

Definition of washboard for English Language Learners

  • : a board with ridges on its surface that was used in the past for washing clothes by rubbing wet clothes against it

  • : a group of strong and well-shaped muscles that can be seen on a person's stomach


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