wash·​board | \ˈwȯsh-ˌbȯrd, 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

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To many Arlington residents, this five-and-dime store has felt like home for 64 years, a shop filled with nostalgia in the form of licorice pipes, candy cigarettes, rubber chickens, washboards, velcro, and more. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington’s five-and-dime shop to close after 64 years; patrons bid bittersweet goodbye," 22 June 2018 The actors double as the band, playing piano, violin, melodica, a small trap drum, cymbals, washboard, trombone and a slew of kazoos and ukuleles. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Coarse, Cacophonous, Compelling 'Cabaret' In New Haven," 26 June 2018 The roads in the monument range from smooth laterite to choppy dirt washboard, and even some passages of rubble and sand. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Testing the All New Trek Checkpoint," 28 Mar. 2018 Woody Mountain Road is washboard-rough but passable by sedan. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 Sure enough, closer to the canyon the road turned to washboard. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Crazy ideas seem sane when they let you sleep under the stars," 10 May 2018 The first gig had Palazzo on piano, Bougerol singing and playing washboard, and a tap dancer. Joe Klopus, kansascity, "Jazz Town: Versatile Hot Sardines pack their shows with pure joy | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 An old washboard, a vintage wooden ironing board (that supports the work), old hinges and more are mixed with images of people -- some identifiable, others not. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "John Mellencamp's Art Exhibit 'Life, Death, Love and Freedom' Opens in New York," 28 Apr. 2018 Promises aren’t going to be enough for Californians tired of having their teeth rattled by trips over washboard roads or finding their cars battered by ever-deepening potholes. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to fix California’s roads, bridges, dams: Candidates for governor share views," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of washboard

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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