wash·​cloth | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Definition of washcloth

: a cloth that is used for washing one's face and body

called also facecloth, washrag

Examples of washcloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When that didn't work, Linda stuffed a washcloth in his mouth as Mary Beth held his nose shut to asphyxiate him, charging documents state. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 Using a clean washcloth to make a warm compress for the abscess can also help, according to the AAD. Bethany Fulton, SELF, 26 May 2021 Lee recommends cleansing your surrounding skin with a washcloth or a face wipe to avoid getting water on your bandage. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 May 2021 Pops came out the house and handed his sister some ice wrapped in a washcloth. J. M. Holmes, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Start by exfoliating any dead skin with a gentle sugar scrub or massage the area with a warm washcloth. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2021 Stick your items in a wash bag and add a wet washcloth, hand towel or ice cubes to dryer to speed up the process. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2021 To help reduce pain and discomfort in the arm, the CDC recommends people apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area and try to use or exercise the arm. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Once the cream is applied, Pattie forgoes makeup wipes and, instead, uses a washcloth and some water for removal. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of washcloth

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 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of washcloth

: a small piece of cloth that you use to wash your face and body


wash·​cloth | \ ˈwȯsh-ˌklȯth How to pronounce washcloth (audio) , ˈwäsh- \

Kids Definition of washcloth

: a small towel for washing the face and body

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