wash·​cloth ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio)
: a cloth that is used for washing one's face and body

called also facecloth, washrag

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Until then, spritz Winston and the carpeting in your home with water, or wipe Winston with a damp washcloth or pet wipe. Lee Pickett, Vmd, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2022 Her husband tried to press a damp washcloth against her neck, his hands trembling and weak from Parkinson’s disease. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 Dawn herself had taken a washcloth to it first thing in the morning—after photographing it, that is. T. Coraghessan Boyle, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2022 Massage it onto dry skin to melt makeup and grime away from skin before wiping it away with a damp washcloth for post-facial-like results. Devon Abelman, Allure, 17 Oct. 2022 The set comes with three different sized towels: a bath towel, a hand towel, and a washcloth. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2022 The mixing bowl and most of the attachments are dishwasher safe, but the base should be wiped clean with a damp washcloth to prevent water damage. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2022 Wrap ice in a cloth before applying it directly to your skin, or soak a washcloth in cold water or milk and place that on the burn. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 Rub your scalp with a washcloth, and then add a bit more water to rinse. New York Times, 14 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of washcloth was in 1863

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“Washcloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washcloth. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



wash·​cloth -ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio)
: a cloth for washing one's face and body

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