washboard

noun wash·board \ ˈwȯsh-ˌbȯrd , ˈwäsh- \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

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
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

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First Known Use of washboard

1742

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WASHBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

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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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