washboard

noun
wash·​board | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce washboard (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Definition of washboard

1 : a broad thin plank along a gunwale or on the sill of a lower deck port to keep out the sea
2 : baseboard
3a : 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 absa washboard stomach

Examples of washboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The talented 32-year-old actor (and his washboard abs) overcame the difficult transition from childhood in China to growing up in Canada, only to ditch his career in accounting to pursue his dreams in Hollywood. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, 8 Sep. 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The independent rear suspension keeps the SUV stable on washboard surfaces and in quick maneuvers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of washboard

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of washboard was in 1742

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20 Sep 2021

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“Washboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washboard. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for washboard

washboard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of washboard

: 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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